Can ergonomics help care for us in our twighlight years?

Paul Wadsworth, Rosemary Lim, Janet Anderson, Peter Buckle

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It has been estimated that 5% of all hospital admissions are a result of avoidable harm from medicines (Hepler & Segal, 2003). This is a similar percentage to that of cancer. In particular, many elderly patients are on a number of medicines, potentially increasing the probability of errors. Around half a million older people in England live in care homes. This project employs a multi-disciplinary team, spanning engineering design, medicine, psychology and ergonomics. Data are being collected from 300 residents across 100 care homes. It is the ergonomics component of the project that is reported here. Through user-centred design and analysis of the whole system, it is anticipated that solutions to some of the medication errors will be identified. The methods adopted, along with some preliminary findings, are described and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Ergonomics 2007
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Contemporary Ergonomics
EditorsPhilip D. Bust
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Contemporary Ergonomics (CE2007) - Nottingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 17 Apr 200719 Apr 2007


ConferenceInternational Conference on Contemporary Ergonomics (CE2007)
Abbreviated titleCE2007
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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