information overload

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information overload

An excess of information provided to a person in certain situations, resulting in either a wrong decision or the passing of misinformation 1. Patients must have sufficient information at their disposal to give an informed consent for–eg, an elective surgical procedure; this is problematic when a Pt is informed of very rare complications or side effects of a procedure or the anesthesiology. See Uninformed consent. Cf Informed consent.
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Continuous Partial Attention (CPA) - caused by the 24-hour world that we live in, CPA is the inability of employees to concentrate on one task alone, until its completion.
Continuous partial attention This inability to concentrate on a single project at one time means that time for thought, reflection and consideration is dramatically diminished.

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