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Cognitive Systems Engineering in Health Care

1st Edition

Edited by Ann M. Bisantz, Catherine M. Burns, Rollin J. Fairbanks

CRC Press

224 pages | 64 B/W Illus.

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Cognitive systems engineering has been widely and successfully applied in the design of safety critical systems such as nuclear power, aviation, and military command-and-control. More recently, these methods are being applied to the design of health and medical systems in order to improve health care quality, reduce errors and adverse events, and improve efficiencies. Cognitive Systems Engineering in Health Care provides an overview of cognitive systems engineering principles in the context of health care. It contains state-of-the-art examples of cognitive systems applications that can be adapted by health care practitioners interested in systematic engineering approaches to systems improvement.

The book highlights current cognitive engineering-oriented research, analyses, and applications in settings such as cardiac surgery, obstetrics, and emergency medicine. It focuses on the impact cognitive engineering analyses can have in supporting communication and coordination with health care teams. The text then demonstrates the use of cognitive engineering methods to inform the design of information technology. It then details the systematic adaptation and application of specific cognitive engineering methods in the medical domain. The book concludes with examples of how in-depth cognitive engineering analyses can lead to demonstrated improvements in health care environments.

Through a series of sample studies, the book gives you a deeper understanding of how cognitive engineering approaches might be applied in the health care domain. You’ll see common themes that underline the complexity of the health care domain and this insight can build a deep respect for the expertise of the practitioners who work in it. By identifying the abstractions that hold constant in this domain, you can build solutions for that will evolve to handle new applications, challenges, and approaches.


"This book provides useful examples and applications of cognitive systems engineering, a branch of human factors and ergonomics, in a variety of care settings (e.g., surgery, emergency department). …I am confident that the material in the book is of very good quality. The editors are very knowledgeable in this area…"

—Pascale Carayon, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Table of Contents

Cognitive Engineering for Better Health Care Systems, Ann M. Bisantz, Rollin J. Fairbanks, and Catherine M. Burns

The Role of Cognitive Engineering in Improving Clinical Decision Support, Anne Miller and Laura Militello

Team Cognitive Work Analysis as an Approach for Understanding Teamwork in Health Care, Catherine M. Burns

Cognitive Engineering Design of an Emergency Department Information System, Theresa K. Guarrera, Nicolette M. McGeorge, Lindsey N. Clark, David T. LaVergne, Zachary A. Hettinger, Rollin J. Fairbanks, and Ann M. Bisantz

Displays for Health Care Teams: A Conceptual Framework and Design Methodology, Avi Parush

Information Modeling for Cognitive Work in a Health Care System, Priyadarshini R. Pennathur

Support for ICU Clinician Cognitive Work through CSE, Christopher Nemeth, Shilo Anders, Jeffrey Brown, Anna Grome, Beth Crandall, and Jeremy Pamplin

Matching Cognitive Aids and the "Real Work" of Health Care in Support of Surgical Microsystem Teamwork, Sarah Henrickson Parker and Shawna J. Perry

Engagement and Macroergonomics: Using Cognitive Engineering to Improve Patient Safety, Yan Xiao and C. Adam Probst


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Service Industries
MEDICAL / Administration
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety