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Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care and Patient Safety

2nd Edition

Edited by Pascale Carayon

CRC Press

848 pages | 120 B/W Illus.

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The first edition of Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care and Patient Safety took the medical and ergonomics communities by storm with in-depth coverage of human factors and ergonomics research, concepts, theories, models, methods, and interventions and how they can be applied in health care. Other books focus on particular human factors and ergonomics issues such as human error or design of medical devices or a specific application such as emergency medicine. This book draws on both areas to provide a compendium of human factors and ergonomics issues relevant to health care and patient safety.

The second edition takes a more practical approach with coverage of methods, interventions, and applications and a greater range of domains such as medication safety, surgery, anesthesia, and infection prevention. New topics include:

  • work schedules
  • error recovery
  • telemedicine
  • workflow analysis
  • simulation
  • health information technology development and design
  • patient safety management

Reflecting developments and advances in the five years since the first edition, the book explores medical technology and telemedicine and puts a special emphasis on the contributions of human factors and ergonomics to the improvement of patient safety and quality of care. In order to take patient safety to the next level, collaboration between human factors professionals and health care providers must occur. This book brings both groups closer to achieving that goal.


"The premise of the book is very timely and appropriate. The epidemic of medical errors has finally been well established and well publicized. Future efforts need to be devoted to improving healthcare, and this handbook covers salient points. There is an impressive array of contributors handling a broad spectrum of topics. The list of topics is extensive without any major deficiencies. This volume should make a substantial contribution to the field."

- Harvey Murff, M.D., M.P.H., Center for Health Services Research, Vanderbilt University

"The key feature is that it is comprehensive. The volume may be thick, but it can be one-step shopping for those who would want to find information for human factors related to patient safety and quality. I am not aware of any other sources that come close to this goal."

- Yan Xiao, Ph.D., Patient Safety Scientist and Human Factors Engineer, University of Maryland

Table of Contents


Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care and Patient Safety, Pascale Carayon

Opportunities and Challenges in the Pursuit of Patient Safety, Kerm Henriksen

Embedded Risks and Challenges of Modern Health Care and the Urgent Call for Proactive Human Factors, Daniel Gopher and Yoel Donchin

Macroergonomics and Systems

Historical Perspective and Overview of Macroergonomics, Hal W. Hendrick

Work System Design in Health Care, Pascale Carayon, Carla J. Alvarado, and Ann Schoofs Hundt

Error as Behavior and Murphy’s Law: Implications for Human Factors and Ergonomics, Marilyn Sue Bogner

Organizational Learning in Health Care, Ann Schoofs Hundt

The Relationship between Physician Professionalism and Health Care Systems Change, Maureen A. Smith and Jessica M. Bartell

Job and Organizational Design

The Effect of Workplace Health Care Worker Stress and Burnout on Patient Outcomes, Eric S. Williams, Jonathon R.B. Halbesleben, Linda Baier Manwell, Julia E. McMurray, Joseph Rabatin, Ayesha Rashid, and Mark Linzer

Safety Culture in Healthcare, Kenji Itoh, Henning Boje Andersen, and Marlene Dyrlov Madsen

Handoffs and Transitions of Care, Robert L. Wears, Shawna J. Perry, and Emily S. Patterson

High-Reliability Organizations in Health Care, Vinit Desai, Peter M. Madsen, and Karlene H. Roberts

The Relation between Teamwork and Patient Safety, David P. Baker, Eduardo Salas, James B. Battles, and Heidi B. King

Health-Care Work Schedules, Ann E. Rogers

Physical Ergonomics

The Physical Environment in Health Care, Carla J. Alvarado

Assessment and Evaluation Tools for Health-Care Ergonomics: Musculoskeletal Disorders and

Patient Handling, Sue M. Hignett, Michael J. Fray, and Mary Matz


Human Factors and Ergonomics of Health Information Technology Implementation, Ben-Tzion Karsh, Richard J. Holden, and Calvin K. L. Or

Human–Computer Interaction Design in Health Care, Frank A. Drews and Heidi S. Kramer

Trust in Health Technologies, Enid Montague and John D. Lee

Human Factors in Telemedicine, Peter Hoonakker

Using Health IT to Improve Health Care and Patient Safety, James M. Walker

Human Error

Human Error in Health Care, Frank A. Drews

Medical Failure Taxonomies, Bruce R. Thomadsen

Human Error Reduction Strategies in Health Care, René Amalberti and Sylvain Hourlier

Communicating about Unexpected Outcomes, Adverse Events, and Errors, James W. Pichert, Gerald B. Hickson, Anna Pinto, and Charles Vincent

Human Factors Engineering of Health Care Reporting Systems, Christopher W. Johnson

Error Recovery in Health Care, Tosha B. Wetterneck

Human Factors and Ergonomics Methodologies

Cognitive Work Analysis in Health Care, Michelle L. Rogers, Emily S. Patterson, and Marta L. Render

Human Factors Risk Management for Medical Products, Edmond W. Israelski and William H. Muto

Human Factors Analysis of Workflow in Health Information Technology Implementation, Pascale Carayon, Randi Cartmill, Peter Hoonakker, Ann Schoofs Hundt, Ben-Tzion Karsh, Daniel Krueger, Molly L. Snellman, Teresa N. Thuemling, and Tosha B. Wetterneck

Video Analysis: An Approach for Use in Health Care, Colin F. Mackenzie and Yan Xiao

Usability Evaluation in Health Care, John Gosbee and Laura Lin Gosbee

Medical Simulation, Mark W. Scerbo and Brittany L. Anderson

Simulation-Based Training for Teams in Health Care: Designing Scenarios, Measuring Performance, and Providing Feedback, Michael A. Rosen, Eduardo Salas, Scott I. Tannenbaum, Peter J. Pronovost, and Heidi B. King

Human Factors and Ergonomics Interventions

Ergonomics Programs and Effective Implementation, Michael J. Smith

Work Organization Interventions in Health Care, Kari Lindström, Gustaf Molander, and Jürgen Glaser

Team Training for Patient Safety, Eduardo Salas, Sallie J. Weaver, Michael A. Rosen, and Megan E. Gregory

Human Factors Considerations in Health IT Design and Development, Marie-Catherine Beuscart-Zéphir, Sylvia Pelayo, Elizabeth Borycki, and Andre Kushniruk

Human Factors and Ergonomics in Patient Safety Management, Tommaso Bellandi, Sara Albolino, Riccardo Tartaglia, and Sebastiano Bagnara

Specific Applications

Human Factors and Ergonomics in Intensive Care Units, Ayse P. Gurses, Bradford D. Winters, Priyadarshini R. Pennathur, Pascale Carayon, and Peter J. Pronovost

Human Factors and Ergonomics in the Emergency Department, Shawna J. Perry, Robert L. Wears, and Rollin J. Fairbanks

Human Factors and Ergonomics in Pediatrics, Matthew C. Scanlon and Paul Bauer

Human Factors and Ergonomics in Home Care, Teresa Zayas-Cabán and Rupa S. Valdez

Human Factors and Ergonomics in Primary Care, Tosha B. Wetterneck, Jamie A. Lapin, Ben-Tzion Karsh, and John W. Beasley

In Search of Surgical Excellence: A Work Systems Approach, Douglas A. Wiegmann, Sacha Duff, and Renaldo Blocker

Human Factors and Ergonomics in Medication Safety, Elizabeth Allan Flynn

Human Factors and Ergonomics in Infection Prevention, Carla J. Alvarado

Human Factors in Anesthesiology, Matthew B. Weinger


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Subject Categories

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