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Qual Saf Health Care. 2006 Dec;15 Suppl 1:i50-8.

Work system design for patient safety: the SEIPS model.

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  • 1Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53726, USA. carayon@engr.wisc.edu

Abstract

Models and methods of work system design need to be developed and implemented to advance research in and design for patient safety. In this paper we describe how the Systems Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety (SEIPS) model of work system and patient safety, which provides a framework for understanding the structures, processes and outcomes in health care and their relationships, can be used toward these ends. An application of the SEIPS model in one particular care setting (outpatient surgery) is presented and other practical and research applications of the model are described.

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17142610
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PMCID:
PMC2464868
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