One of the earliest references to human factors in the healthcare literature dates back to 1957 and calls for equipment to be designed in terms of human capabilities and limitations.
This paper by Emma Nunez and Patrick Mitchell examines the role of human factors in tackling the human and organisational factors around patient safety. It includes the key roles of staff and how to develop organisational resilience.
This collection of videos captures a number of presentations from the 4th Open Seminar of the Clinical Human Factors Group, an independent campaign group that aims to stimulate debate and demonstrate the important role of human factors in patient safety.
This video captures a presentation by the president of the US Joint Commission, Mark Chassin, in which he describes the case of a patient who suffers a major safety incident.
This Patient Safety First guide gives a concise introduction to the major issues relating to human and organisational factors in healthcare. It describes theories of errors and accidents and details the components of an effective safety culture.
This journal article by Professor James Reason outlines the difference between a person and a system view of human error and safety, and what the consequences are for incident analysis and safety management.