A Nordic evaluation of a work environment complement to Value Stream Mapping for increased sustainability of patient flows at hospitals - The NOVO Multicentre Study I
Paper in proceeding, 2015

Conclusions: • Both the ErgoVSM and VSM tools seem mostly to result in intervention proposals causing improved or no change in the work environment without impaired performance. • Based on Swedish data only the use of ErgoVSM may result in some improvement of the work environment compared with VSM. Such an effect is weakly supported by the Icelandic data and not by the Danish data. Thus, only under some conditions the ErgoVSM tool may be used in favour of the VSM tool. • Most proposals were assessed to cause ergonomic improvements at system level (‘job content’ and ‘work situation’). This is in contrast to intervention proposals investigated in the ergonomic intervention literature mainly focusing task level and the individual (cf. Westgaard and Winkel, 2011).

Intervention Research



Production Ergonomics



Jörgen Winkel

University of Gothenburg

Kasper Edwards

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Birna Dröfn Birgisdóttir

Reykjavik University

Caroline Jarebrant

University of Gothenburg

Jan Johansson Hanse

University of Gothenburg

Sigrún Gunnarsdóttir

University of Iceland

Ulrika Ny Harlin

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Kerstin Ulin

University of Gothenburg

Abstract book, The 9th Novo symposium: Sustainable Health Care Production Systems


Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Work Sciences

Applied Psychology

Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology



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