The Reading / Listening - Decision Fatigue - Level 4

The quality of medical care you get could depend on the time of the day you visit a hospital. A U.S. study found big differences in the decision-making of doctors at different times of the day. The chances of getting screened for cancer were higher in the morning than in the late afternoon. Around 64% of women eligible for tests were assigned to breast cancer screening in the hour after 8am. This figure dropped to 48% at 5pm.



The researchers said many doctors suffered from "decision fatigue". This is a mental burn-out that affects the ability to make decisions after hours of work. A researcher said there was "growing evidence that the time of the day and decision fatigue impacts patient care". Another researcher said decision fatigue means people may be less likely to make a new decision after they've been making them all day. This was often the result of being overworked.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Decision Fatigue - Level 5 or  Decision Fatigue - Level 6

Sources
  • https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-05-cancer-screening-decline-patients-doctors.html
  • https://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-it-matters-what-time-of-day-you-visit-the-doctor-2019-05-10
  • https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/overworked-doctors-administer-fewer-life-15026848


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. depend
  2. A U.S. study found big
  3. The chances of getting
  4. higher in
  5. in the late
  6. women eligible
  7. breast
  8. This figure
  1. screened for cancer
  2. cancer screening
  3. differences
  4. dropped to 48%
  5. on the time of the day
  6. afternoon
  7. for tests
  8. the morning

Paragraph 2

  1. many doctors suffered
  2. This is a mental
  3. affects the ability
  4. growing
  5. the time of
  6. people may be less
  7. after they've been making
  8. often the result of
  1. being overworked
  2. evidence
  3. them all day
  4. burn-out
  5. likely to
  6. from decision fatigue
  7. the day
  8. to make decisions

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The quality of medical care you (1) ___________________ on the time of the day you visit a hospital. A U.S. study (2) ___________________ in the decision-making of doctors (3) ___________________ of the day. The chances of getting screened for (4) ___________________ in the morning than in (5) ___________________. Around 64% of women eligible for tests were assigned to breast cancer screening in the hour after 8am. This (6) ___________________ 48% at 5pm.

The researchers said many doctors suffered from "decision fatigue". This is a (7) ___________________ that affects the ability to make decisions after (8) ___________________. A researcher said there was "growing evidence that the (9) ___________________ day and decision fatigue impacts patient care". Another researcher (10) ___________________ means people may be less likely to (11) ___________________ decision after they've been making them all day. This was often the (12) ___________________ overworked.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Thequalityofmedicalcareyougetcoulddependonthetimeofthedayyou
visitahospital.AU.S.studyfoundbigdifferencesinthedecision-makin
gofdoctorsatdifferenttimesoftheday.Thechancesofgettingscreenedf
orcancerwerehigherinthemorningthaninthelateafternoon.Around64
%ofwomeneligiblefortestswereassignedtobreastcancerscreeningint
hehourafter8am.Thisfiguredroppedto48%at5pm.Theresearcherssa
idmanydoctorssufferedfrom"decisionfatigue".Thisisamentalburn-
outthataffectstheabilitytomakedecisionsafterhoursofwork.Aresearc
hersaidtherewas"growingevidencethatthetimeofthedayanddecision
fatigueimpactspatientcare".Anotherresearchersaiddecisionfatigue
meanspeoplemaybelesslikelytomakeanewdecisionafterthey'vebee
nmakingthemallday.Thiswasoftentheresultofbeingoverworked.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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