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Development of a tool for integrating Value Stream Mapping and ergonomics in healthcare - A Nordic Multicenter study.

Conference contribution
Authors Caroline Jarebrant
Birna Birgisdóttir Dröfn
Kerstin Dudas
Kasper Edwards
Sigrún Gunnarsdóttir
Ulrika Harlin
Jan Johansson Hanse
Jörgen Winkel
Published in The 7th Nordic Working Life Conference. Book of Abstracts and Programme
Pages 123-124
ISBN 978-91-981195-5-8
Publication year 2014
Published at Department of Sociology and Work Science
Department of Psychology
Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Pages 123-124
Language en
Keywords Value Stream Mapping, Ergonomics, Health, Production Ergonomics, Intervention Research
Subject categories Work sciences and ergonomics, Applied Psychology, Other Social Sciences, Work Sciences, Public health science


Aim: To present the most recent draft Nordic version of the ErgoVSM tool for healthcare and some contextual factors influencing the intended impact of the tool. Material and Methods: The ErgoVSM tool is tested at 7 wards on 4 different hospitals in Denmark, Iceland and Sweden. The tests include assessment of tool usability and main factors facilitating or inhibiting the intended impact of the tool. On the basis of these trials a final version of the ErgoVSM is developed. The ErgoVSM tool: According to common VSM procedure the Current State is mapped (visualized) followed by a similar procedure regarding a wanted Future State. The Ergo-module includes assessments of physical exposures (posture, forces, variation, porosity) and psychosocial exposures (demands, control, variation, communication, porosity). It focuses task as well as values stream level. The exposures are assessed by ratings scales with verbally defined end points. The analysis includes discussion of solutions and establishment of an Action Plan needed to realize the wanted Future State. Main contextual factors influencing the intended impact of the tool seem to be previous Lean experience, management style, volume of competing projects and type of value stream analysed.

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