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ERIC Number: EJ1132390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2648
Understanding Whole Systems Change in Health Care: Insights into System Level Diffusion from Nursing Service Delivery Innovations--A Multiple Case Study
Berta, Whitney; Virani, Tazim; Bajnok, Irmajean; Edwards, Nancy; Rowan, Margo
Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, v10 n3 p313-336 Aug 2014
Our study responds to calls for theory-driven approaches to studying innovation diffusion processes in health care. While most research on diffusion in health care is situated at the service delivery level, we study innovations and associated processes that have diffused to the system level, and refer to work on complex adaptive systems and whole systems change to guide our work. System-level diffusion not only involves the spread of innovations across sector boundaries in a system, it may alter interactions and care delivery within multiple system components, change the nature of the interdependencies between components, and ultimately lead to whole systems change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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