Clinical cognition and biomedical informatics: Issues of patient safety

Vimla L. Patel, Leanne M. Currie

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

3 Scopus citations


Recent developments in biomedical informatics research have afforded possibilities for great advances in health care delivery. As in most domains, there is a gulf between technologic artifacts and end users, which compromises the culture of safety in the workplace. This necessitates a broadening of disciplinary boundaries to consider cognitive and social factors related to the design and use of technology. The authors argue for a place of prominence for cognitive science in understanding nursing factors associated with patient safety. Cognitive science provides a framework for the analysis and modeling of complex human performance. Studies of clinical cognition can meaningfully inform and shape design, development, and assessment of information systems. Furthermore, they have a decisive impact on whether information technology has a positive influence on human performance and are especially important in understanding and promoting safe practices. These issues are discussed in the context of clinical informatics with a focus on nursing practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConsumer-Centered Computer-Supported Care for Healthy People - Proceedings of NI 2006
Subtitle of host publicationThe 9th International Congress on Nursing Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)158603622X, 9781586036225
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Event9th International Congress on Nursing Informatics, NI 2006 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Jun 9 2006Jun 21 2006

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Other9th International Congress on Nursing Informatics, NI 2006
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • clinical cognition
  • decision-making
  • informatics
  • nursing
  • patient safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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