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Note-Taking Tips in Human Factors Research

Reading Time: 4 minutes Picture this… You’ve successfully completed your usability test. You open your notes to begin analyzing the data and they look like gibberish. Now you’re forced to go back to watch study videos to make sense…

Introducing the PCA Model in Human Factors Engineering

Reading Time: 4 minutes Human Factors Engineering is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on optimizing the design of products, systems, and environments by studying how people interact with them (Branaghan et al., 2020). As part of that undertaking, human…

Ethical Treatment of Human Factors Test Participants

Reading Time: 6 minutes As a university student, I worked in a psychobiology lab where we studied the physiology of emotions. Our lab housed rats, mice, and chickens. Because I was a lowly undergraduate, I was saddled with some…

How to Design your Injection Device from “Top to Bottom”

Reading Time: 5 minutes Top-down and Bottom-up Cues: Using Perceptual Process in Injection Device Designs Human Factors Engineers are often intrigued by peoples’ candid reactions to new devices. Recently, my friend received a new medication that needed to be…

Frequently Asked Questions – Working with Research Collective

Reading Time: 3 minutes We commonly get questions about what we do and what it’s like to work with us. So, we’ve put together a brief list of frequently asked questions and their answers. Of course, give us a…

Top 5 Eye-Tracking Myths

Reading Time: 5 minutes Eye-tracking provides valuable insights into the cognition of healthcare providers, patients, caregivers, and medical device users. Recent advancements have made this technology more accessible and affordable. Yet, despite its growing popularity, numerous misconceptions about eye-tracking…

Making Text Legible: 4 Tips from User Experience Design

Reading Time: 4 minutes Making medical product text legible Medical products have text (groundbreaking news, right?). From labels on devices, to results on a screen, to IFUs, there is a lot of text to consider when designing medical devices…

Human Factors of Effective Warning Statements

Reading Time: 3 minutes Usable instructions for use (IFUs) for medical devices are more than step-by-step processes for users. They also must explain why the product should be used as described. Naturally, the ultimate goal of most readers of…

New FDA Guidance for Medical Device Human Factors

Reading Time: 4 minutes In December of 2022, FDA released its latest guidance on human factors in medical device marketing submissions. The purpose of the new document is to complement and provide some clarifications to the existing guidance document,…

What Are the Most Important Human Factors in Healthcare?

Reading Time: 5 minutes People often ask us, “What are the most important human factors in healthcare?” Well, it depends. For handheld surgical tools, we focus on the biomechanics of the hand and the wrist, ensuring that the wrist…