Comparison of provider experience with two patient examination tables

Amro Abdelrahman, Denny Yu, Tara Cohen, Susan Hallbeck, Sandra Woolley

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Medical care providers recognize nonadjustable examination tables in clinics as a barrier to comprehensively and safely providing routine healthcare for disabled, elderly and obese patients. The aim of this study was to understand how the availability of the adjustable examination table may affect the medical care provider's perception of the quality of care provided to patients who need physical assistance. Fifty providers answered questionnaires to report their perceptions of two different examination tables' usability. The first one is a mid-century industrial designed table and the other adjustable and ADA compliant, as used in a community health clinic. Before implementation of the new adjustable examination table, 34 medical care providers provided feedback on their experiences with nonadjustable examination tables. A second survey was administered approximately six months after implementation of the new adjustable examination tables to 16 medical care providers (with 2 indicating participation in the prior-toimplementation survey) for their feedback on experiences with the new adjustable examination tables. Providers reported significantly (<0.05) more comfort in getting typical patients (27%), bariatric patients (50%), and geriatric patients (30%) into a sitting position when they used the adjustable examination table compared to the nonadjustable examination table. Providers considered the adjustable examination tables to have a more ideal width (60%) and length (64%) to accommodate a wider variety of patients than the nonadjustable examination tables. Providers also considered the adjustable table (33%) easier to use and preferable to the nonadjustable table. This research showed how the adjustable examination table improves healthcare provider experience to provide access to healthcare for patients with disabilities with better ergonomics and greater safety for both patients and providers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)593-597
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
StatePublished - 2016
EventHuman Factors and Ergonomics Society 2016 International Annual Meeting, HFES 2016 - Washington, United States
Duration: Sep 19 2016Sep 23 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics


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