Questioning the use of NHS estates ergonomic drawings

Jun Lu, Sue Hignett

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This paper looks at the use of NHS Estates ergonomic drawings, which were developed by the Department of Health in the early 1980s to act as guidance for the design of new hospitals and the adaptation of old buildings. The questions asked include whether the drawings are capable of reflecting changes in clinical practice and medical technology; architects use the ergonomic drawings while designing; and whether there are any problems in the patient room in terms of ergonomic drawings. An overview of the drawings is given in a literature review, pilot study, site visits and expert interviews. The paper also describes the methods used in the project to look at the complex interfaces between the activities of the health care staff and patients (and other stakeholders), the equipment used and the environment in which the care and treatment is provided.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Ergonomics 2005
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Conference of the Ergonomics Society: Contemporary Ergonomics 2005, CE 2005 - Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Apr 20057 Apr 2005

Publication series

NameContemporary Ergonomics 2005


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Ergonomics Society: Contemporary Ergonomics 2005, CE 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics


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