Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp HTA20–HTA24 | Cite as

Work organisation, work environment and the use of medical equipment: A survey study of the impact on quality and safety

  • J. Persson
  • K. Ekberg
  • M. Lindén
Special Feature: Healthcare Technology Assessment


In a study of hospital staff's perceived quality of care and worry, related to the use of medical equipment, a systems approach was used. This included training and user aspects on the equipment, environmental ergonomics, work organisation and psychosocial work conditions. In a survey study, 543 hospital staff members from seven departments with various degrees of equipment utilisation participated. By means of factor analysis, factors which were important to perceived quality of care and worry were determined. Adaptation of equipment and environment and training on the use of equipment were shown to be important. However, several organisational and psychosocial factors turned out to have a still greater impact. In the assessment of healthcare technologies which include medical equipment a holistic systems approach is therefore advocated.


Human factors Medical equipment Quality assessment Safety Work environment Work organisation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Persson
    • 1
  • K. Ekberg
    • 2
  • M. Lindén
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Medical Technology AssessmentLinköping UniversityLinköpingSweden
  2. 2.Department of Occupational HealthUniversity HospitalLinköpingSweden
  3. 3.Department of Biomedical EngineeringLinköping UniversityLinköpingSweden

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