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Stress can lead to two distinct types of attention problems with clinicians. When under a great deal of stress, some people will focus intently on the one task viewed as primary, such as a surgeon who concentrates so much on the surgical activity that the bigger picture of the patient’s status is neglected. Others may go in the opposite direction and try to divide their attention among so many tasks that none receive adequate attention.
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