• Ana Claudia Dias UFF - Universidade Federal Fluminense
  • Augusto Cunha Reis CEFET/RJ https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3200-8096
  • Renata Pereira Oliveira
  • Úrsula Maruyama CEFET/RJ
  • Paloma Martinez University of La Sabana
Keywords: lean manufacturing, healthcare, review of literature


The healthcare environment aims at improving and quality in health management, with trends and practices in hospitals, institutions, clinics, laboratories and companies in this segment, with the purpose of bringing more comfort and better conditions in the care of patients. Faced with the difficulties of this area, it becomes increasingly important to reduce waste and improve processes. The goal of this paper is to carry out a systematic review of literature on the topic lean manufacturing in healthcare. The data were obtained from four online databases Web of Science, Science Direct, Emerald Insight and Scopus. Articles indexed in the last 10 years were selected (2006-2016). To select articles, an advanced search was performed using the Boolean expression "E" that combined keywords for better specific results. Professionals working in the health segment will have the concepts and applied techniques, in addition to the work indexed in recent years, which will facilitate the research and development of the work, translating into increased efficiency and ultimately, improvement for the population. Despite the importance of the theme, there are few lean manufacturing jobs applied in the healthcare environment. This research  can  stimulate future studies due to its applicability for the improvement of health services.  


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Author Biographies

Ana Claudia Dias, UFF - Universidade Federal Fluminense
Master in Management Systems
Augusto Cunha Reis, CEFET/RJ
Business Administration BS (PUC-RJ, 2006) Production Engineering Master degree (PUC-RJ, 2009) and Production Engineering PhD (PUC-RJ, 2013). Production Engineering Master degree professor at CEFET-RJ (2010-present).
Renata Pereira Oliveira
Master in Production Engineering.
Úrsula Maruyama, CEFET/RJ
Information Science doctoral student (PPGCI) IBICT / UFRJ. Master of Science, Technology and Education (PPCTE/CEFET-RJ) with Innovation in Technology Education emphasis. Industrial Administration BS, Project Management MBA, specialization in Human Resource Management and Public Administration MBA. She joined as an effective professor at CEFET-RJ in 2014.
Paloma Martinez, University of La Sabana
Agroindustrial Production Engineer - University of La Sabana (Colombia), specialization in Strategic Management. Master in Quality and Productivity Systems - Technological Institute of Monterrey, Mexico. PhD in Logistics. Professor and Coordinator Production Management Productivity MBA at University Del Bosque, Colombia. Recognized researcher by Colciencias (Research Institute of Colombia).


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How to Cite
Dias, A. C., Reis, A. C., Oliveira, R. P., Maruyama, Úrsula, & Martinez, P. (2018). LEAN MANUFACTURING IN HEALTHCARE: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF LITERATURE. Revista Produção E Desenvolvimento, 4(2), 111-122. https://doi.org/10.32358/rpd.2018.v4.285