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11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organisational Design and Management (ODAM 2014) CPH Conference

The use of mixed methods in healthcare human factors and ergonomics research
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Author:Pascale CARAYON1 (Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement and Dept of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States)
Sarah KIANFAR (Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement and Dept of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States)
Yaqiong LI (Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement and Dept of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States)
Anping XIE (Armstrong Research Institute, Johns Hopkins University, United States)
Bashar ALYOUSEF (Oracle, United States)
Abigail WOOLDRIDGE (Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, United States)
Date: 2014-08-19     Track: A -Special sessions     Session: A5 - Macroergonomic and sociotechnical methods: current and future directions
DOI:10.4122/dtu:2409

We conducted a systematic literature review on the use of mixed methods in healthcare human factors and ergonomics research. A total of 53 papers published in 39 journals before February 2013 were identified. These studies tackle a range of human factors and ergonomics (HFE) issues, in particular related to various types of information technology. A variety of methods were used to collect qualitative and quantitative data: primarily interview, survey and observation for qualitative data, and survey for quantitative data. Healthcare HFE research could benefit from using formal mixed methods research approaches. This would help to enrich and deepen the research and increase its impact on important healthcare outcomes.