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Practical application of human factors and ergonomics to improve safety
chapterposted on 2022-04-05, 16:06 authored by Sue HignettSue Hignett, Gyuchan Thomas JunGyuchan Thomas Jun
Human factors and ergonomics (HFE) is a transdisciplinary area that integrates theories and methods from disciplines such as psychology, anatomy and physiology, and organization management. The different elements of HFE provide the basis for the effective design of a safe clinical process and adaptation of the human activity to the environment. Physical HFE focuses primarily on the physical characteristics and activities of the person undertaking an activity and includes the design of the workplace layout, the work-related musculoskeletal disorder, and the impact of environmental factors. Cognitive HFE focuses primarily on cognitive characteristics and activities of the person, for instance decision-making. Organizational HFE focuses on psychosocial characteristics of people and organization-level structures, policies, and processes. The Systems Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety (SEIPS) model provides a construct that integrates the different parts of HFE and can be applied to daily clinical practice.
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Published inOxford Professional Practice: Handbook of Patient Safety
Pages77 - 86
PublisherOxford University Press
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Publisher statementThis book chapter was accepted for publication in the book Oxford Professional Practice: Handbook of Patient Safety [© Oxford University Press]. The published version is available at https://global.oup.com/academic/product/oxford-professional-practice-handbook-of-patient-safety-9780192846877?q=oxford professional practice&lang=en&cc=gb# and https://doi.org/10.1093/med/9780192846877.001.0001