January 30, 2018

Research

Human Factors

Mission statement

Human Factors in Dentistry (HFID) is a support network for dentists and associated healthcare professionals. The HFID mission is to promote to provide safer and more efficient healthcare provision for dental patients, and improved productivity and job satisfaction for the members of the dental team through the study and advancement of the principles of Human Factors.

Within the British Institute of Reconstructive Dentistry (BIORD), we have started to establish the epidemiology of error, and started to educate the profession with several lecture series, conferences and publications.

 

Aims and Objectives

  • To promote advancement of the science of Human Factors in Dentistry to ensure safer and more efficient delivery of healthcare by focusing on improving efficiency, productivity, teamwork and job satisfaction, with the goal of minimising clinical errors.
  • To promote the awareness and understanding of human factors in dentistry by examining the interrelationship between the members of the dental team, the tools and equipment they use and the clinical environment in which they work. To study what contributes to clinical errors and mishaps in dentistry, what factors contribute to patient safety. To promote safety culture of dental teams and organisations
  • To provide education and training and develop evidence based safety algorithms in all aspects of personal relationships and communication, teamwork, equipment, clinical, managerial and organisational roles at the dental workplace.
  • To recognise rapid technological advancements in dentistry and to promote the need for continuing training for safe clinical application of the changing technology whilst recognising human limitations. To have a support network in place for dental and associated professionals dealing with adverse events and clinical mishaps.
  • To have a support network in place for patients dealing with adverse events and clinical mishaps.

 

Human Factors Research Operational Plan

During the next 5 years we will promote advancement of the science of Human Factors in Dentistry to ensure safer and more efficient delivery of healthcare by focusing on improving efficiency, productivity, teamwork and job satisfaction, with the goal of minimising clinical errors.

We will do this by promoting the awareness and understanding of human factors in dentistry by examining the interrelationship between the members of the dental team, the tools and equipment they use and the clinical environment in which they work. We will also recognise rapid technological advancements in dentistry and promote the need for continuing training for safe clinical application of the changing technology whilst recognising human limitations.

 

Publications include: