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Twelve tips for embedding human factors and ergonomics principles in healthcare education.

Vosper, Helen; Hignett, Sue; Bowie, Paul


Helen Vosper

Sue Hignett

Paul Bowie


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 programs will enhance both the performance of care systems (productivity, safety, efficiency, quality) and the well-being (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.


VOSPER, H., HIGNETT, S. and BOWIE, P. 2018. Twelve tips for embedding human factors and ergonomics principles in healthcare education. Medical teacher [online], 40(4), pages 357-363. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 10, 2017
Online Publication Date Nov 10, 2017
Publication Date Apr 30, 2018
Deposit Date Apr 10, 2018
Publicly Available Date Apr 10, 2018
Journal Medical teacher
Print ISSN 0142-159X
Electronic ISSN 1466-187X
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 40
Issue 4
Pages 357-363
Keywords Education; General medicine
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