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Title: Twelve tips for embedding human factors and ergonomics principles in healthcare educational curricula and programmes
Authors: Vosper, Helen
Hignett, Sue
Bowie, Paul
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: VOSPER, H., HIGNETT, S. and BOWIE, P., 2017. Twelve tips for embedding human factors and ergonomics principles in healthcare educational curricula and programmes. Medical Teacher, In Press.
Abstract: Safety and improvement efforts in healthcare education and practice are often limited by inadequate attention to Human Factors/Ergonomics (HFE) principles and methods. Integration of HFE theory and approaches within undergraduate curricula, postgraduate training and healthcare improvement programmes will enhance both the performance of care systems (productivity, safety, efficiency, quality) and the wellbeing (experiences, joy, satisfaction, health and safety) of all the people (patients, staff, visitors) interacting with these systems. Patient safety and quality improvement education/training are embedded to some extent in most curricula, providing a potential conduit to integrate HFE concepts. To support evolving curricula and professional development at all levels - and also challenge prevailing ‘human factors myths and misunderstandings’ - we offer professional guidance as ‘tips’ for educators on fundamental HFE systems and design approaches. The goal is to further enhance the effectiveness of safety and improvement work in frontline healthcare practice.
Description: This paper is closed access until 10th. Nov 2018
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2017.1387240
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/26760
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/0142159X.2017.1387240
ISSN: 0142-159X
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