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Ergonomic Value Stream Mapping (ErgoVSM). Tool and User Guide.

Authors Caroline Jarebrant
Jan Johansson Hanse
Ulrika Harlin
Kerstin Ulin
Jörgen Winkel
Kasper Edwards
Birna Dröfn Birgisdottir
Sigun Gunnarsdottir
Published in Nordic Council of Ministers, ANP 2016:731
Issue APN 2016:731
Pages 36
Publisher Nordic Council of Ministers
Publication year 2016
Published at University of Gothenburg Centre for person-centred care (GPCC)
Department of Sociology and Work Science
Department of Psychology
Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Pages 36
Language en
Keywords Production Ergonomics, Produktionsergonomi, Rationalization, Health, Intervention Research, Organizational sustainability
Subject categories Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics, Other Medical Sciences not elsewhere specified, Applied Psychology, Work Sciences


Recent years Lean Production (”Lean”) has become a prevalent rationalization strategy in healthcare to create more efficient value streams. Research shows that this often results in impaired Ergonomics, i.e. impaired work content and physical work load (“physical ergonomics”). A common Lean tool used to rationalize value streams in healthcare is Value Stream Mapping (VSM). An ergonomic “add-in module” Ergonomic Value Stream Mapping (ErgoVSM) – has therefore been developed to be used as an integrated part of VSM in the analysis of value streams in healthcare. ErgoVSM as well as VSM are participative tools. All occupational groups performing tasks directly related to the investigated value stream should be represented when using the tool. This Guide includes description of methods and assessment templates for physical ergonomics and work content. An initial version of ErgoVSM for manufacturing industry was developed in Sweden. Later, this was further developed for the health-care sector. This tool was then evaluated in a Nordic Multicenter Study by national projects in Sweden, Denmark and Iceland. The Nordic evaluation showed that using the ErgoVSM tool may result in more focus on ergonomics in the Action Plans compared to just using VSM. This is obtained without jeopardizing performance aspects. Based on the field experiences from the Nordic Multicentre Study I, the ErgoVSM tool was further developed, resulting in this present English version.

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