Human Factors Engineering: Targeting Systems for Change

  • Mary E. Sesto
  • Amye J. Tevaarwerk
  • Douglas A. Wiegmann


In 2003, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Office of Cancer Survivorship estimated that cancer survivors represented nearly 4% of the US population. This number is expected to grow dramatically over time [1, 2]. As a group, cancer survivors represent a disparate population. Survivors include a broad range of ages (infants to octogenarians), disease types (acute leukemias to neuroendocrine tumors), disease severity (localized versus metastatic), and treatments received (observation, surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immunotherapy, stem cell transplant, etc.). However, certain challenges are universal: cancer treatment is generally complex, extends over long periods of time, may have persistent long-term and late effects, and often requires follow-up surveillance. These characteristics necessitate close attention to coordination and transfers of care.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary E. Sesto
    • 1
  • Amye J. Tevaarwerk
  • Douglas A. Wiegmann
  1. 1.Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Orthopedics, Department of Industrial and Systems EngineeringUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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