Author(s): Carayon P, Xie A, Kianfar S
Abstract Share this page
Abstract 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.
This article was published in BMJ Qual Saf
and referenced in Journal of Ergonomics