The diversity of human factors: illustrating the relevance for nursing
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The diversity of human factors: illustrating the relevance for nursing

Beverley Norris Human factors lead, National Patient Safety Agency, London, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art, London

This article looks at a selection of human factors tools and activities that may be used in nursing practice to improve the safety of patient care. The Human Factors Walk-Around tool and the Foresight training programme are highlighted as means to raise awareness of systems factors that may compromise safety. Ideas are given on how to improve team skills, to consider risk proactively, and to influence the design of the healthcare system in which care is delivered.

Nursing Standard. 26, 33,35-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.04.26.33.35.c9051

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