Further Reading

This list has been prepared by CHFG members. It is not intended to be a comprehensive or definitive reading list, rather it covers main books on key topics related to clinical human factors and patient safety that CHFG members have found useful, as well as some relevant journals.  

Patient Safety – Overviews

Bognor, M. (2004) (Ed.) Misadventures in Healthcare. Inside Stories. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Morath, J. & Turnbull, J. (2005) To Do No Harm. Ensuring Patient Safety in Health Care Organizations. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Rosenthal, M., Mulcahy, L. & Llyod-Bostock, S. (1999) (Eds.) Medical Mishaps. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Runciman, W., Merry, A., & Walton, M. (2007) Safety and Ethics in Healthcare. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Vincent, C. (2006) Patient Safety.  London: Churchill Livingstone.

Walshe, K. & Boaden, R. (Eds.) (2006) Patient Safety. Research in Practice. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Human Error

Bogner, M. (2008 ) (Ed.) Human Error in Medicine (2nd ed.) London: CRC Press.

Dekker, S. (2006) The Field Guide to Understanding Human Error. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Reason, J. (1990) Human Error. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Human Factors Methods/Ergonomics

Carayon, P. (2005) (Ed.) Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare and Patient Safety. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Kirwan, B. (1994) A Guide to Practical Human Reliability Assessment, London: CRC Press.

Salvendy, G. (Ed.) (2006) Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics, (3rd Ed). Chichester: Wiley.

Shepherd, A. (2000) Hierarchical Task Analysis, London: CRC Press.

Stanton, N. et al (2005) Human Factors Methods. A Practical Guide. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Wilson , J. & Corlett, N. (2005) Evaluation of Human Work (3rd ed.) London: Taylor & Francis.

Wickens, C., Gordon, S. & Liu, Y. (2003) (2nd ed)  Introduction to Human Factors Engineering. New York: Prentice Hall.

Non-Technical Skills, Teamwork, Crew Resource Management

Flin, R., O’Connor, P. & Crichton, M. (2008) Safety at the Sharp End.  A Guide to Non-Technical Skills. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Salas, E.  et al (1997) (Eds.) Team Resource Management. Mahwah, NJ : Lawrenece Erlbaum.

West, M. (2003) Effective Teamwork. Oxford: Blackwell.

Wiener, E., Kanki, B. & Helmreich, R. (1990) Cockpit Resource Management. San Diego: Academic Press.

Organisational Risks and Safety

Gosbee, J. and Gosbee, L. (2010) Using Human Factors Engineering to Improve Patient Safety (2nd ed)

Glendon, I.  et al (2006) Human Safety and Risk Management. (2nd ed) Sydney: CRC Press.

Perrow, C. (1999) Normal Accidents (2nd ed) Princeton: Basic Books.

Reason, J. (1997) Managing the Risks of Organizational Accidents. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Toft, B. and Reynolds S. (2005) Learning from disasters a management approach, Palgrave Macmillan.

Crisis Management

Flin, R. (1996) Sitting in the Hot Seat: Leaders and Teams for Critical Incident Management. Chichester: Wiley.

St Piere, M., Hofinger, G. & Buerscaper, C. (2007) Crisis Management in Acute Care Settings. Human Factors and Team Psychology in a High Stakes Environment. Berlin: Springer.

Key Journals on human factors/patient safety

Accident Analysis and Prevention

Applied Ergonomics

Cognition, Technology and Work


Ergonomics in Design

Human Factors

International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics

Quality and Safety in Health Care

Journal on Quality and Patient Safety

Journal of Patient Safety

Safety Science

Work and Stress

Journal Special Issues on patient safety/human factors: Ergonomics, Volume 49 Issue 5 & 6 2006: Patient Safety

Quality and Safety in Healthcare December 2006 (Volume 15, Supplement 1): Safety by design – Human Factors (2006?)

Cognition, Technology and Work (in press)