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Lean readiness within emergency departments: a conceptual framework

Lean readiness within emergency departments: a conceptual framework The purpose of this paper is to develop a framework to assess the lean readiness within emergency departments (EDs) and identify the key quality practices deemed essential for lean system (LS) implementation.Design/methodology/approachAn extensive review of the lean healthcare literature was conducted, including LS implementation within the healthcare sector (both generally and in EDs), best ED quality practices, essential factors for LS implementation within healthcare and lean readiness assessment frameworks. The authors identified six main categories from a literature review (top management and leadership, human resources, patient relations, supplier relations, processes and continuous improvement (CI)), and validated these based on experts’ opinion.FindingsSeveral factors were identified as crucial for EDs, including top management and leadership, human resources, patient relations, supplier relations, processes and CI.Research limitations/implicationsThe framework has not yet been tested, which prevents the author from declaring it fit for EDs.Practical implicationsThis framework will help ED managers determine the factors that will enable/hinder the implementation of LSs within their premises.Originality/valueTo the author’s knowledge, this is the first lean readiness assessment framework for EDs and one of the few lean readiness assessment frameworks in the literature. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Benchmarking: An International Journal Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1463-5771
DOI
10.1108/bij-10-2018-0337
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to develop a framework to assess the lean readiness within emergency departments (EDs) and identify the key quality practices deemed essential for lean system (LS) implementation.Design/methodology/approachAn extensive review of the lean healthcare literature was conducted, including LS implementation within the healthcare sector (both generally and in EDs), best ED quality practices, essential factors for LS implementation within healthcare and lean readiness assessment frameworks. The authors identified six main categories from a literature review (top management and leadership, human resources, patient relations, supplier relations, processes and continuous improvement (CI)), and validated these based on experts’ opinion.FindingsSeveral factors were identified as crucial for EDs, including top management and leadership, human resources, patient relations, supplier relations, processes and CI.Research limitations/implicationsThe framework has not yet been tested, which prevents the author from declaring it fit for EDs.Practical implicationsThis framework will help ED managers determine the factors that will enable/hinder the implementation of LSs within their premises.Originality/valueTo the author’s knowledge, this is the first lean readiness assessment framework for EDs and one of the few lean readiness assessment frameworks in the literature.

Journal

Benchmarking: An International JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 31, 2019

Keywords: Healthcare; Emergency department; Lean readiness; Lean system

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