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Reviews of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Volume 8: Health-Care Human Factors/Ergonomics

Reviews of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Volume 8: Health-Care Human Factors/Ergonomics
Editor:Daniel G. Morrow
Year Published:2013

Reviews of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Volume 8 is available online! The print edition is sold out.

Volume 8 is the first thematic volume in the series and focuses on human factors/ergonomics issues related to health care and patient safety. Collectively, the chapters highlight progress in this area of research and focus on processes related to quality of care and clinician and patient outcomes, from perceptual and cognitive processes underlying clinicians’ ability to interpret and act on patient data, to processes underlying effective teamwork, to more macro levels such as work processes in health organizations.

The volume covers a range of theoretical approaches, including macroergonomic perspectives and more micro levels of analysis of teamwork, patient-provider collaboration, and clinician interaction with information technology. The chapters focus on both areas that have received longstanding attention from researchers (critical care environments; clinical judgment and reasoning) and areas that have received less attention, such as risk communication and older adult self-care at home.

Volume 8 Contents

  • Introduction — Daniel G. Morrow
  • Chapter 1. Macroergonomics in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety — Pascale Carayon, Ben-Tzion Karsh, Ayse P. Gurses, Richard Holden, Peter Hoonakker, Ann Schoofs Hundt, Enid Montague, Joy Rodriguez, and Tosha B. Wetterneck
  • Chapter 2. Teamwork and Collaboration — Yan Xiao, Sarah Henrickson Parker, and Tanja Manser
  • Chapter 3. Human Factors in Critical Care Medical Environments — Frank A. Drews
  • Chapter 4. Diagnostic Reasoning and Decision Making in the Context of Health Information Technology — Vimla L. Patel, David R. Kaufman, and Thomas G. Kannampallil
  • Chapter 5. Simulation Training in Health Care — Frank A. Drews and Jonathan Z. Bakdash
  • Chapter 6. Communicating Numerical Risk: Human Factors That Aid Understanding in Health Care — Priscila G. Brust-Renck, Caisa E. Royer, and Valerie F. Reyna
  • Chapter 7. Self-Management of Wellness and Illness in an Aging Population — Tracy L. Mitzner, Sara E. McBride, Laura H. Barg-Walkow, and Wendy A. Rogers
  • Index

It is heartening to see the human factors research community embrace the domain of health care, a very high-stakes one (life, death, and taxes) with significant design and training issues. This volume assembles top human factors experts who examine critical issues related to managing and improving health care. They employ a wide range of macro to micro analyses for topics such as health care quality and patient safety, managing teams, decision making, simulation, risk communication, and care self-management. For those seeking a sound overview of this developing field, this volume is a timely resource. — Neil Charness, William G. Chase Professor of Psychology, Florida State University

Interested in other volumes in this series? Some volumes are still available in print, and all 8 volumes are available online, free for members. Nonmembers and institutions: see information below to order.


Reviews of Human Factors and Ergonomics is published for HFES by SAGE Publications. To order the online version of this title, please contact SAGE, 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320;; phone: 1-800-818-SAGE (7243); fax: 805-375-1700.

ISBN 978-1-4833-5154-4
6 x 9 inches, 342 pages, paperback

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