Call for Papers: Special Issue on Human Factors and Ergonomics Theories, Methods and Applications in Healthcare

Special editors: Eduardo Salas, Rice University; Eric Thomas, UT Health, UT Health-Memorial Hermann Center for Healthcare Quality and Safety, McGovern Medical School; Joseph Keebler, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Michael Rosen, Johns Hopkins University; Dean F. Sittig, UT Health School of Biomedical Informatics

There has been an increasing trend of applying human factors and ergonomics principles to healthcare contexts. Understanding how healthcare personnel contribute and influence the larger system is paramount in order to improve the overall safety of that system. Relevant stakeholders have emphasized the need for furthering our understanding of Human Factors healthcare-related issues such as safety culture, teamwork, communication, policies and procedures, clinical outcomes, hand-offs, multidisciplinary coordination, and the design and use of devices and technology, especially electronic health records.

This proposed special issue invites theoretical, methodological (e.g., qualitative, mixed methods, meta-analyses, quantitative, rich case studies ), multidisciplinary, and empirical contributions that address the issue of broadly applying theoretical notions, robust and replicable methods in the science and practice of Human Factors and Ergonomics  to healthcare contexts. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Development of innovative methodologies for studying human performance in healthcare;
  • Proven techniques, methods and tools to minimize error and improve safety;
  • Adaptation of tools for improving quality of care and patient safety;
  • Dynamic and validated approaches for understanding how multidisciplinary healthcare teams function;
  • Theories and assessment tools of safety culture/climate;
  • Theoretically-based quality improvement initiatives than yielded notable improvements;
  • Effects of team training on clinical outcomes;
  • The design and implementation of medical devices and technologies, especially electronic health records
  • Development of methods for studying the complex interactions between healthcare providers and artificial intelligence-enabled devices
  • Methods to study the safe use of computer-enabled devices in high-risk settings
  • Efforts to improve safety via teamwork or team-based designs
  • Criteria-related work that clarifies our understanding of what is meant by outcomes such as ‘safety performance’

Contributions from disciplines outside of, but related to, human factors are encouraged to submit papers.

Deadline is August 31, 2020.

For more information, contact:
Eduardo Salas, Ph.D.