Human factors and ergonomics as a Patient safety practice

Pascale Carayon, Anping Xie, Sarah Kianfar

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Background Human factors and ergonomics (HFE) approaches to patient safety have addressed five different domains: usability of technology; human error and its role in patient safety; the role of healthcare worker performance in patient safety; system resilience; and HFE systems approaches to patient safety. Methods A review of various HFE approaches to patient safety and studies on HFE interventions was conducted. Results This paper describes specific examples of HFE-based interventions for patient safety. Studies show that HFE can be used in a variety of domains. Conclusions HFE is a core element of patient safety improvement. Therefore, every effort should be made to support HFE applications in patient safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)196-205
Number of pages10
JournalBMJ Quality and Safety
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Human factors and ergonomics as a Patient safety practice. / Carayon, Pascale; Xie, Anping; Kianfar, Sarah.

In: BMJ Quality and Safety, Vol. 23, No. 3, 03.2014, p. 196-205.

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Carayon, Pascale ; Xie, Anping ; Kianfar, Sarah. / Human factors and ergonomics as a Patient safety practice. In: BMJ Quality and Safety. 2014 ; Vol. 23, No. 3. pp. 196-205.
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