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A UK perspective on human factors and patient safety education in pharmacy curricula.

Vosper, Helen; Hignett, Sue


Helen Vosper

Sue Hignett


Objective: - To take a systematic approach to exploring patient safety teaching in health care curricula, particularly in relation to how educators ensure students achieve patient safety competencies. Findings: - There is a lack of formally articulated patient safety curricula, which means that student learning about safety is largely informal and influenced by the quality and culture of the practice environment. Human Factors and Ergonomics appeared largely absent from curricula. Summary: - Despite its absence from health care curricula, Human Factors and Ergonomics approaches offer a vehicle for embedding patient safety teaching. The authors suggest a possible model, with Human Factors and Ergonomics forming the central structure around which the curriculum can be built.


VOSPER, H. and HIGNETT, S. 2018. A UK perspective on human factors and patient safety education in pharmacy curricula. American journal of pharmaceutical education [online], 82(3), article number 6184. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 27, 2017
Online Publication Date Apr 16, 2018
Publication Date Apr 30, 2018
Deposit Date Apr 17, 2018
Publicly Available Date Apr 17, 2018
Journal American journal of pharmaceutical education
Print ISSN 0002-9459
Electronic ISSN 1553-6467
Publisher American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 82
Issue 3
Article Number 6184
Keywords Patient safety; Human factors; Ergonomics; Pharmacy; Hidden curriculum
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