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Sustainable patient flows at hospitals - a Multicenter Study

Sustainable patient flows at hospitals - a Multicenter Study
A Nordic Multicenter Study on tools and processes that may facilitate future development of sustainable patient flows; i.e. flows considering both performance and working conditions in a long term perspective.

The Multicenter Study aims at validation and further development of the intervention tool ErgoVSM. This adds to the LEAN rationalization tool Value Stream Mapping (VSM) by dimensions for physical exposures and work content. The research ties in with basic issues in the production ergonomics intervention research previously published in the review ”Occupational musculoskeletal and mental health: significance of rationalization and opportunities to create sustainable production systems – a systematic review” (Westgaard & Winkel 2011).
The Multicenter Study includes projects with identical design in Denmark, Iceland and Sweden.
In Sweden we co-operate with the Department of Psychology at University of Gothenburg and Swerea IVF, Mölndal; in Denmark with DTU Management Engineering and in Iceland University of Iceland and Bifröst University, School of Business.
A final version of the tool has now been published (”Ergonomic Value Stream Mapping (ErgoVSM). Tool and User Guide”. Nordic Council of Ministers, ANP 2016:731, 36 pp., ISBN 978-92-893-4572-9 (PRINT), ISBN 978-92-893-4573-6 (PDF), 2016). At present we work on fullength scientific papers for international peer-reviewed journals.

Project duration

The scientific reporting is expected to be finished by the end of 2018

External funding

The Multicentre Study has received financial support from The Nordic Council of Ministers (#11347) as well as national grants from the Danish Working Environment Research Fund (#46-2010-09), AFA Insurance (Sweden) (#100063), and the University Iceland Research Fund (#HI1209090106). Total external funding corresponds to more than 10 million SEK.



Jörgen Winkel, project leader

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