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Keywords

human-computer interaction, human factors engineering, medical device, medical error, patient safety, usability, user interfaces

 

Authors

  1. Alexander, Greg PhD, RN
  2. Staggers, Nancy PhD, RN, FAAN

Abstract

Human factors (HF) studies are increasingly important as technology infuses into clinical settings. No nursing research reviews exist in this area. The authors conducted a systematic review on designs of clinical technology, 34 articles with 50 studies met inclusion criteria. Findings were classified into 3 categories on the basis of HF research goals. The majority of studies evaluated effectiveness of clinical design; efficiency was fewest. Current research ranges across many interface types examined with no apparent pattern or obvious rationale. Future research should expand types, settings, and participants; integrate displays; and expand outcome variables.