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A Nordic evaluation of a work environment complement to Value Stream Mapping for increased sustainability of patient flows at hospitals - The NOVO Multicentre Study I

Conference paper
Authors Jörgen Winkel
Kasper Edwards
Birna Dröfn Birgisdóttir
Caroline Jarebrant
Jan Johansson Hanse
Sigrún Gunnarsdóttir
Ulrika Harlin
Kerstin Ulin
Published in Abstract book, The 9th Novo symposium: Sustainable Health Care Production Systems
Pages 34-36
Publication year 2015
Published at University of Gothenburg Centre for person-centred care (GPCC)
Department of Sociology and Work Science
Department of Psychology
Pages 34-36
Language en
Keywords Production Ergonomics, Produktionsergonomi, Rationalization, Health, Intervention Research
Subject categories Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics, Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology, Applied Psychology, Work Sciences


Conclusions: • Both the ErgoVSM and VSM tools seem mostly to result in intervention proposals causing improved or no change in the work environment without impaired performance. • Based on Swedish data only the use of ErgoVSM may result in some improvement of the work environment compared with VSM. Such an effect is weakly supported by the Icelandic data and not by the Danish data. Thus, only under some conditions the ErgoVSM tool may be used in favour of the VSM tool. • Most proposals were assessed to cause ergonomic improvements at system level (‘job content’ and ‘work situation’). This is in contrast to intervention proposals investigated in the ergonomic intervention literature mainly focusing task level and the individual (cf. Westgaard and Winkel, 2011).

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