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CDC and Johns Hopkins Develop Ebola Training Modules for Health Care Workers

Johns Hopkins Medicine led the creation of an interactive online training program for nurses and physicians based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Ebola guidance for health care workers in the proper putting on and taking off of personal protective equipment.


Through appearances in news media and by authoring academic publications, the center's experts have established themselves as international leaders in the application of human factors to improving patient safety and health care quality.


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Journal Articles

Below is a selection of articles authored by Center for Health Care Human Factors team members.

Human Factors in Health Care

Gurses, A. P., Ozok, A. A., & Pronovost, P. J. (2011). Time to accelerate integration of human factors and ergonomics in patient safety. BMJ Qual Saf, bmjqs-2011.

Patient and Family Centeredness

Xie, A., Carayon, P., Cox, E. D., Cartmill, R., Li, Y., Wetterneck, T. B., & Kelly, M. M. (2015). Application of participatory ergonomics to the redesign of the family-centered rounds process. Ergonomics, 58(10), 1726-1744.

Infection Prevention and Control

Gurses, A. P., Seidl, K. L., Vaidya, V., Bochicchio, G., Harris, A. D., Hebden, J., & Xiao, Y. (2008). Systems ambiguity and guideline compliance: a qualitative study of how intensive care units follow evidence-based guidelines to reduce healthcare-associated infections. Quality and Safety in Health Care, 17(5), 351-359.

Rock, C., Cosgrove, S. E., Keller, S. C., Enos-Graves, H., Andonian, J., Maragakis, L. L., ... & Xie, A. (2016). Using a Human Factors Engineering Approach to Improve Patient Room Cleaning and Disinfection. Infection control and hospital epidemiology, 37(12), 1502-1506.

Health Information Technology and Medical Device Design

Rosen, M. A., Tran, G., Carolan, H., Romig, M., Dwyer, C., Dietz, A. S., ... & Pronovost, P. J. (2016). Data Driven Patient Safety and Clinical Information Technology. In Healthcare Information Management Systems (pp. 301-316). Springer International Publishing.

Pennathur, P. R., Thompson, D., Abernathy III, J. H., Martinez, E. A., Pronovost, P. J., Kim, G. R., ... & Gurses, A. P. (2013). Technologies in the wild (TiW): human factors implications for patient safety in the cardiovascular operating room. Ergonomics, 56(2), 205-219.

Keller, S. C., Gurses, A. P., Werner, N., Hohl, D., Hughes, A., Leff, B., & Arbaje, A. I. (2017). Older Adults and Management of Medical Devices in the Home: Five Requirements for Appropriate Use. Population health management.

Health Care System Design and Workflow

Carayon, P., Hundt, A. S., Karsh, B. T., Gurses, A. P., Alvarado, C. J., Smith, M., & Brennan, P. F. (2006). Work system design for patient safety: the SEIPS model. BMJ Quality & Safety, 15(suppl 1), i50-i58.

Holden, R. J., Carayon, P., Gurses, A. P., Hoonakker, P., Hundt, A. S., Ozok, A. A., & Rivera-Rodriguez, A. J. (2013). SEIPS 2.0: a human factors framework for studying and improving the work of healthcare professionals and patients. Ergonomics, 56(11), 1669-1686.

Nasarwanji MF, Werner NE, Carl K, Hohl D, Leff B, Gurses AP, Arbaje AI. Identifying Challenges Associated with the Hospital to Skilled Home Healthcare Transition Workflow: Perspectives of Home Healthcare Agency Providers. Home Health Care Services Quarterly. 2015 Jul-Dec; 34(3-4):185-203; Epub 2015 Oct 23.


Weaver, S. J., Benishek, L. E., Leeds, I., & Wick, E. C. (2017). The Relationship Between Teamwork and Patient Safety. In Surgical Patient Care (pp. 51-66). Springer International Publishing.


Hunt, E. A., Duval-Arnould, J. M., Chime, N. O., Jones, K., Rosen, M., Hollingsworth, M., ... & Jung, J. (2017). Integration of in-hospital cardiac arrest contextual curriculum into a basic life support course: a randomized, controlled simulation study. Resuscitation, 114, 127-132.

Rosen, M. A., Goeschel, C. A., Che, X. X., Fawole, J. O., Rees, D., Curran, R., ... & Weaver, S. J. (2015). Simulation in the executive suite: lessons learned for building patient safety leadership. Simulation in Healthcare, 10(6), 372-377.

Benishek, L. E., Lazzara, E. H., Gaught, W. L., Arcaro, L. L., Okuda, Y., & Salas, E. (2015). The template of events for applied and critical healthcare simulation (TEACH Sim): a tool for systematic simulation scenario design. Simulation in Healthcare, 10(1), 21-30.

High Reliability Organizations

Aboumatar, H. J., Weaver, S. J., Rees, D., Rosen, M. A., Sawyer, M. D., & Pronovost, P. J. (2017). Towards high-reliability organising in healthcare: a strategy for building organisational capacity. BMJ Qual Saf, bmjqs-2016.

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