Rapid Development of a Hospital Checklist in a Time of COVID-19 Academic Article uri icon


  • The discipline of human factors and ergonomics is largely focused on principled development of generalizable solutions. The process is typically slow, spanning months, even years. A crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic presents a different problem. How can human factors and ergonomics professionals react quickly, within hours or days, to provide viable solutions to unanticipated problems as they become apparent? Here we report on a small project in which we were able to respond rapidly to an emergent COVID-19 requirement. Given time constraints, we had no opportunity to follow a systematic analysis and design strategy. Our development and testing strategies reveal lessons that can be applied more generally to development of human factors and ergonomics interventions within emerging crises.

published proceedings

  • Ergonomics in Design: The Quarterly of Human Factors Applications

author list (cited authors)

  • Lintern, G., Motavalli, A. l., Chua, Z., Rantanen, E. M., Peres, S. C., & Boorman, D.

complete list of authors

  • Lintern, Gavan||Motavalli, Al||Chua, Zarrin||Rantanen, Esa M||Peres, S Camille||Boorman, Daniel

publication date

  • January 1, 2020 11:11 AM