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Developing a Gap Taxonomy to Address Crew Health Risks in NASA's Human Research ProgramThe mission of NASA's Human Research Program (HRP) is to understand and reduce the risk to crew health and performance in exploration missions. The HRP addresses 27 specific risks by identifying and then filling gaps in understanding the risks and in the ability to disposition the risks. The primary bases for identifying gaps have been past experience and requirements definition. This approach has been very effective in identifying some important, relevant gaps, but may be inadequate for identifying gaps outside the past experience base. We are exploring the use of a gap taxonomy as a comprehensive, underlying conceptual framework that allows a more systematic identification of gaps. The taxonomy is based on these stages in medical care: prediction, prevention, detection/diagnosis, treatment, monitoring, rehabilitation, and lifetime surveillance. This gap taxonomy approach identifies new gaps in HRP health risks. Many of the new gaps suggest risk reduction approaches that are more cost effective than present approaches. A major benefit of the gap taxonomy approach is to identify new, economical approaches that reduce the likelihood and/or consequence of a risk.
Document ID
20090040564
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Kundrot, Craig E. (Wyle Integrated Science and Engineering Group Houston, TX, United States)
Edwards, J. Michelle (Wyle Integrated Science and Engineering Group Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
September 8, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2009
Subject Category
Aerospace Medicine
Report/Patent Number
JSC-CN-19252
Meeting Information
81st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Aerospace Medical Association(Phoenix, AZ)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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