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Research Initiatives

Lean healthcare researchers have been investigating the adoption and implemention of lean in healthcare systems around the world. Their work gives credence to the impact lean applications can have on transforming healthcare by reducing waste, increasing access to healthcare, and improving quality metrics.

Consistent with its mission, the Center for Lean Healthcare Research is committed to not only serve the research community at large but to also undertake its own research efforts to advance the visibility of lean in healthcare. CLHR's Director is charged with managing the Center's research efforts with the advice of the Leadership Council. For more information, contact Sharon Schweikhart.

Comprehensive Literature Review

The Center for Lean Healthcare Research is conducting a comprehensive literature review. Research will be collected from all disciplines involved in lean healthcare research including management, operations, human factors, medicine, public health, etc. The goal of this effort is to determine the current state of lean healthcare research and to then synthesize this research and its findings. This review will help direct efforts to find a singular definition of lean in healthcare and identify research gaps.

Lean Healthcare Survey

One of the goals of the Center for Lean Healthcare Research is to inform efforts to adopt and implement lean through research. To support this goal, a deeper understanding of the organizations that are currently employing lean is needed. CLHR will soon be conducting its own survey of healthcare systems already applying lean to develop an inventory of the current lean practices and performance metrics in these organizations. Our findings will serve as a basis for lean healthcare research studies and provide the research community and practitioners with much needed information.