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Ergonomics

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

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Display Screen Computer Workstation Infrastructure Element Informatics Environment Wrist Angle 
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© 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

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