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  • Systems mapping workshops and their role in understanding medication errors in healthcare

Buckle, Peter, 2010, Journal Article, Systems mapping workshops and their role in understanding medication errors in healthcare Applied Ergonomics, 41 (5). p. 645. ISSN 00036870

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In this paper for Applied Ergonomics, one of the two leading journals for ergonomics/human factors, Buckle et al. discuss the role of mapping workshops in understanding medication errors in healthcare. They draw upon research that used mapping workshops as a method that systems designers, including human factors/ergonomics specialists, can use to help generate a knowledge base for better design requirements.
Buckle et al. applied systems mapping workshops for the first time to the problem of medication errors in healthcare. The workshops were designed using experiential group work principles. They involved a range of stakeholders from within the health service as well as those who supply the health sector, including designers who may be able to enhance the safety of products and systems used in healthcare.
The opportunity for using these methods to study patient safety issues arose as a result of a scoping study undertaken on behalf of the UK Department of Health and The Design Council. As the scope of patient safety issues within the healthcare system and the range of stakeholder groups is large (National Patient Safety Agency 2005), it was believed that mapping workshops might enhance system design in health. The results were rich from a design perspective, giving specific details of actual incidences, contexts and practices, with further depth of information emerging in the group working sessions. A wealth of detail on aspects of medication error, especially in the community, emerged from creative, primary, secondary and patient-support group sessions. As a process, similar stakeholder workshops could help designers understand better the complexity and range of factors to be taken into account.
The methods are now being used in many areas of healthcare and social care design, for example by the Technology Strategy Board funded research into Telecare (see http://www.aktive.org.uk/).

Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
School or Centre: Research Centres > Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2009.12.013
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2013 13:20
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2014 12:13
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/1496

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