Application of lean manufacturing principles to the healthcare workforce training system : Using lean principles to determine best practices in healthcare workforce planning for Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties (Oregon) Public

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  • Increasing complexity and demand of healthcare has not been matched with policy changes and improvements in healthcare training. In Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties (LBL), a few challenges that prevent the efficient training of healthcare providers are (1) limited training capacity due to clinical placements and availability of qualified faculty and (2) the lack of feedback loops between employers and trainers. To address these and other healthcare workforce planning challenges, eight case studies are examined using lean manufacturing principles as the lens. Best practices for healthcare workforce training are taken from each case study, some of which coincidentally align with the lean principles. Further analysis identified opportunities for applying lean principles to improve the training pipeline and address the LBL challenges. (1) The lean principles Specify Value and Respect of Humanity could be implemented to improve faculty retention and recruitment, using similar methods to those described in case studies. (2) Feedback loops are commonly used during curriculum development, but should continue to be used during the actual training process. This thesis provides the first explicit application of lean principles to the healthcare training pipeline and identifies several opportunities for further investigation into the merits of lean practices in this context. Key Words: Healthcare workforce training, healthcare workforce planning, feedback loops, lean manufacturing principles, case studies
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