Creative ‘Tips’ to Integrate Human Factors/Ergonomics Principles and Methods with Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Clinical Education

  • Helen Vosper
  • Sue HignettEmail author
  • Paul Bowie
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 818)


The goal of these 12 tips is to enhance the effectiveness of safety and improvement work in frontline healthcare practice by providing a framework for integration of Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE) theory and approaches within undergraduate curricula, postgraduate training and healthcare improvement programs. This paper offers both support and challenges to healthcare educators when planning the inclusion of HFE principles within existing curricula. The 12 tips include the systems framework (Tip 1, 3), HFE tools and competency (Tips 2, 7), misunderstandings (Tips 4, 5), and ideas for implementation (Tip 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12). They will support the goal of enhancing the performance of care systems (productivity, safety, efficiency, quality) and the wellbeing of all the people (patient outcomes, staff presenteeism).


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    WHO World Health Organisation (2011) The multi-professional patient safety curriculum guide. Accessed 15 June 2017
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    Vosper H, Bowie P, Hignett S (2017) Twelve tips for embedding Human Factors and Ergonomics principles in healthcare educational curricula and programmes. Med Teach. Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Robert Gordon UniversityAberdeenUK
  2. 2.Loughborough Design SchoolLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK
  3. 3.Medical Directorate, NHS Education for ScotlandGlasgowUK

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