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Exploring factors that influence the spread and sustainability of a dysphagia innovation: an instrumental case study

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Health Services Research, August 2016
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Title
Exploring factors that influence the spread and sustainability of a dysphagia innovation: an instrumental case study
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BMC Health Services Research, August 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12913-016-1653-6
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Irene Ilott, Kate Gerrish, Sabrina A. Eltringham, Carolyn Taylor, Sue Pownall

Abstract

Swallowing difficulties challenge patient safety due to the increased risk of malnutrition, dehydration and aspiration pneumonia. A theoretically driven study was undertaken to examine the spread and sustainability of a locally developed innovation that involved using the Inter-Professional Dysphagia Framework to structure education for the workforce. A conceptual framework with 3 spread strategies (hierarchical control, participatory adaptation and facilitated evolution) was blended with a processual approach to sustaining organisational change. The aim was to understand the processes, mechanism and outcomes associated with the spread and sustainability of this safety initiative. An instrumental case study, prospectively tracked a dysphagia innovation for 34 months (April 2011 to January 2014) in a large health care organisation in England. A train-the-trainer intervention (as participatory adaptation) was deployed on care pathways for stroke and fractured neck of femur. Data were collected at the organisational and clinical level through interviews (n = 30) and document review. The coding frame combined the processual approach with the spread mechanisms. Pre-determined outcomes included the number of staff trained about dysphagia and impact related to changes in practice. The features and processes associated with hierarchical control and participatory adaptation were identified. Leadership, critical junctures, temporality and making the innovation routine were aspects of hierarchical control. Participatory adaptation was evident on the care pathways through stakeholder responses, workload and resource pressures. Six of the 25 ward based trainers cascaded the dysphagia training. The expected outcomes were achieved when the top-down mandate (hierarchical control) was supplemented by local engagement and support (participatory adaptation). Frameworks for spread and sustainability were combined to create a 'small theory' that described the interventions, the processes and desired outcomes a priori. This novel methodological approach confirmed what is known about spread and sustainability, highlighted the particularity of change and offered new insights into the factors associated with hierarchical control and participatory adaptation. The findings illustrate the dualities of organisational change as universal and context specific; as particular and amendable to theoretical generalisation. Appreciating these dualities may contribute to understanding why many innovations fail to become routine.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Portugal 1 <1%
Unknown 101 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 21 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 14 14%
Student > Bachelor 11 11%
Researcher 7 7%
Other 7 7%
Other 22 21%
Unknown 21 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 22 21%
Medicine and Dentistry 14 14%
Psychology 10 10%
Business, Management and Accounting 6 6%
Social Sciences 6 6%
Other 22 21%
Unknown 23 22%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 8. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 06 February 2022.
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#3,585,773
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Outputs from BMC Health Services Research
#1,609
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#58,667
of 286,569 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Health Services Research
#4
of 8 outputs
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