A time and motion study would be used to reduce the number of motions in performing a task in order to increase productivity. The best known experiment involved bricklaying. Through carefully scrutinising a bricklayer's job, Frank Gilbreth reduced the number of motions in laying a brick from 18 to about 5. Hence the bricklayer both increased productivity and decreased fatigue.
The Gilbreths developed what they called therbligs ("therblig" being "Gilbreth" spelled backwards, with a slight variation), a classification scheme comprising 17 basic hand motions. 1920 Frank B. and Lillian Gilbreth develop their time and motion studies.
Electronic prescribing at the point of care: a time-motion study in the primary care setting.(Pharmaceuticals and Prescribing)
Feb 01, 2010; The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report Crossing the Quality Chasm outlines a vision for the transformation of health care in the...