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​​Human factors is defined as the discipline concerned with uncovering and addressing areas of mismatch between people, the tools they have to work with and the systems in which they work. By correcting these areas of mismatch we can improve patient safety, efficiency, the user experience, technology adoption and reduce the need for user training. Human factors focuses on changes to technologies and systems to support people and does not try to change the human condition.

This module will teach you about:

  • Human factors engineering, and
  • The relationship between human factors and patient safety. 

Learning Objectives include:

  • Describe the principles of human factors and ergonomics, and
  • Justify the importance of considering human factors for all planned institutional changes.

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This document was revised in September 2017

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