Application of Human Factors Methods to Design Healthcare Work Systems: Instance of the prevention of Adverse Drug Events

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015;215:229-41.


Human Factors (HF) methods are increasingly needed to support the design of new technologies in order to avoid that introducing those technologies into healthcare work systems induces use errors with potentially catastrophic consequences for the patients. This chapter illustrates the application of HF methods in developing two health technologies aiming at securing the hospital medication management process. Lessons learned from this project highlight the importance of (i) analyzing the work system in which the technology is intended to be implemented, (ii) involving end users in the design process and (iii) the intermediation role of HF between end users and scientific/technical experts.

MeSH terms

  • Anthropology, Cultural
  • Decision Support Systems, Clinical*
  • Drug Therapy, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions / prevention & control*
  • Ergonomics*
  • Humans
  • Medication Adherence*
  • Medication Errors / prevention & control*
  • Research Design*
  • Systems Integration
  • User-Computer Interface