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Title: Human factors and ergonomics and quality improvement science: integrating approaches for safety in healthcare
Authors: Hignett, Sue
Jones, Emma Leanne
Miller, Duncan
Wolf, Laurie
Modi, Chetna
Shahzad, Muhammad Waseem
Buckle, Peter
Banerjee, Jaydip
Catchpole, Ken
First Published: 25-Feb-2015
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
Citation: BMJ Quality and Safety, 2015, 24, pp.250-254
Abstract: In this paper, we will address the important question of how quality improvement science (QIS) and human factors and ergonomics (HFE) can work together to produce safer solutions for healthcare. We suggest that there will be considerable advantages from an integrated approach between the two disciplines and professions which could be achieved in two phases. First, by identifying people trained in HFE and those trained in QIS who understand how to work together and second, by developing opportunities for integrated education and training. To develop this viewpoint we will: Discuss and explore how QIS and HFE could be integrated by building on existing definitions, scope of practice, knowledge, skills, methods, research and expertise in each discipline. Outline opportunities for a longer-term integration through training, and education for healthcare professionals.
DOI Link: 10.1136/bmjqs-2014-003623
ISSN: 2044-5415
eISSN: 2044-5423
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2015. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium non-commercially, provided the original author and source are credited.
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