• Kathryn J. Hannah
  • Marion J. Ball
  • Margaret J.A. Edwards
Part of the Health Informatics book series (HI)


A major concern for nursing informatics is ergonomics. The word “ergonomics” comes from the Greek words ergo, meaning work, and nomos, meaning law. Ergonomics, a relatively new science, looks at the application of physiological, psychological, and engineering principles to interactions between people and machines. Ergonomics attempts to define working conditions that enhance individual health, safety, comfort, and productivity. This can be done by recognizing three things: the physiological, anatomical, and psychological capabilities and limitations of people; the tools they use; and the environments in which they function.


Display Screen Computer Workstation Infrastructure Element Informatics Environment Wrist Angle 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Berner, K., & Jacobs, K. (2002). The gap between exposure and implementation of computer workstation ergonomics in the workplace. Work 19:193–199. PubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. Charbonneau, L. (1982). The VDT controversy. The Canadian Nurse October:30. Google Scholar
  3. Helander, M., & Tham, M.P. (2003). Hedonomics-affective human factors design. Ergonomics 46(13/14):1269–1272. PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Murray,W.E., Cox, C., Moss, C., & Parr,W. A. (1981). Radiation and Industrial Hygiene Survey of Video Display Terminal Operation. Cincinnati: National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Google Scholar
  5. Nielsen, K., & Trinkoff, A. (2003). Applying ergonomics to nurse computer workstations: Review and recommendations. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing 21(3):150–157. CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Riva, G. (2003). Ambient intelligence in health care. CyberPsychology & Behavior 6(3):295–297. CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Additional Resources Google Scholar
  8. Croasmun, J. (2003). Taking the oxymoron out of ergonomic laptops. Ergonomics Today September 19, 2003. Google Scholar
  9. Piccoli, B. (2003). A critical appraisal of current knowledge and future directions of ergophthamology: Consensus document of the ICOH Committee on “Work and Vision.” Ergonomics 46(4):384–406. PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Seghers, J., Jochem, A. & Spaepen, A. (2003). Posture, muscle activity and muscle fatigue in prolonged VDT work at different screen height settings. Ergonomics 46(7):714–730. PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathryn J. Hannah
    • 1
    • 2
  • Marion J. Ball
    • 3
    • 4
  • Margaret J.A. Edwards
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.President, Hannah Educational & Consulting Services, Inc.CalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Professor, Department of Community Health Science Faculty of MedicineUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  3. 3.Vice President, Clinical Informatics StrategiesHealthlink, an IBM companyBaltimoreUSA
  4. 4.Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of NursingBaltimoreUSA
  5. 5.Professor and Coordinator, Graduate Programs Centre for Nursing and Health StudiesAthabasca UniversityAthabascaCanada
  6. 6.President, Margaret J.A. Edwards & Associates, Inc.CalgaryCanada

Personalised recommendations