Trend Analysis of Healthcare Research in Human Factors over the Past 47 Years
TimeThursday, April 152:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
LocationEducation and Simulation
DescriptionHealthcare as a field has been steadily growing, and has seen numerous advances in its integration with Human Factors including new technologies such as electronic health records (EHRs), and growing complexity within these technologies that demands the optimization by Human Factors professionals on the design and performance fronts. The utility of the Human Factors researcher in addressing these issues is of great importance, as both researchers and practitioners can redefine the landscape of healthcare through a swath of different types of research topics. The present trend analysis will empirically examine a variety of trends in articles in the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s Proceedings, as well as the International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare’s Proceedings, from 1974 to 2020. This article is an update to prior trend analyses conducted on HCI in healthcare from 1999 to 2009 (Decheneaux, McNeil, Mouloua, & Alicia, 2011) and from 2009 to 2017 (Stowers & Mouloua, 2018). The need for re-addressing trends in healthcare follows an abundance of unexamined articles prior to 1999 (about three decades worth) and the emergence of new trends in the past few years including COVID-19 research. Articles will be categorized based on healthcare content areas, authorial affiliation, funding sector, and country of research, using growth rate analysis. Dominant and emerging trends within the healthcare literature will also be explored, alongside the timeline of healthcare in Human Factors. Implications for future research and broader impacts will be discussed and presented, including suggestions for directions in specific content areas.