Participatory ergonomics simulation of hospital work systems: The influence of simulation media on simulation outcome

Simone Nyholm Andersen, Ole Broberg

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    Abstract

    Current application of work system simulation in participatory ergonomics (PE) design includes a variety of different simulation media. However, the actual influence of the media attributes on the simulation outcome has received less attention. This study investigates two simulation media: full-scale mock-ups and table-top models. The aim is to compare, how the media attributes of fidelity and affordance influence the ergonomics identification and evaluation in PE design of hospital work systems. The results illustrate, how the full-scale mock-ups’ high fidelity of room layout and affordance of tool operation support ergonomics identification and evaluation related to the work system entities space and technologies & tools. The table-top models’ high fidelity of function relations and affordance of a helicopter view support ergonomics identification and evaluation related to the entity organization. Furthermore, the study addresses the form of the identified and evaluated conditions, being either identified challenges or tangible design criteria.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalApplied Ergonomics
    Volume51
    Pages (from-to)331-342
    ISSN0003-6870
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Keywords

    • Participatory simulation
    • Hospital work systems
    • Participatory ergonomics

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