Applications of lean in human resources management in healthcare

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BEKTAŞ G. , Kiper F.

JOURNAL OF THE PAKISTAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, vol.72, no.3, pp.532-536, 2022 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 72 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.47391/jpma.1603
  • Page Numbers: pp.532-536
  • Keywords: Lean management, Healthcare, Human resources


Recent challenges brought by the coronavirus disease-2019 pandemic have underscored the importance of coping with pressures on the workforce in healthcare around the world and have emphasised the continuing need to improve quality and operation efficiency of healthcare services even in such dire circumstances. Over the years, lean thinking has gained recognition in the healthcare industry, where lean has been associated with benefits, such as improved healthcare delivery quality, reduced costs and increased effectiveness of the healthcare delivery processes. Lean thinking has also been analysed in human resources with benefits, such as increased job satisfaction and perceived job autonomy. The current narrative review was planned to analyse and discuss the application and implementation of lean strategies with a particular focus on human resource management in healthcare. The review is complemented by a case study in a private healthcare group in Turkey, aiming to demonstrate in practice the effect of lean strategies on the satisfaction of patients and relatives, the job satisfaction of the employees, and the level of turnover rates within healthcare enterprises.