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Identification of promising strategies to sustain improvements in hospital practice: a qualitative case study

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Health Services Research, December 2014
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Title
Identification of promising strategies to sustain improvements in hospital practice: a qualitative case study
Published in
BMC Health Services Research, December 2014
DOI 10.1186/s12913-014-0641-y
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Stephanie MC Ament, Freek Gillissen, Albine Moser, José MC Maessen, Carmen D Dirksen, Maarten F von Meyenfeldt, Trudy van der Weijden

Abstract

BackgroundA quality improvement collaborative is an intensive project involving a combination of implementation strategies applied in a limited ¿breakthrough¿ time window. After an implementation project, it is generally difficult to sustain its success. In the current study, sustainability was described as maintaining an implemented innovation and its benefits over a longer period of time after the implementation project has ended. The aim of the study was to explore potentially promising strategies for sustaining the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) programme in colonic surgery as perceived by professionals, three to six years after the hospital had successfully finished a quality improvement collaborative.MethodsA qualitative case study was performed to identify promising strategies to sustain key outcome variables related to the ERAS programme in terms of adherence, time needed for functional recovery and hospital length of stay (LOS), as achieved immediately after implementation. Ten hospitals were selected which had successfully implemented the ERAS programme in colonic surgery (2006¿2009), with success defined as a median LOS of 6 days or less and protocol adherence rates above 70%. Fourteen semi-structured interviews were held with eighteen key participants of the care process three to six years after implementation, starting with the project leader in every hospital. The interviews started by confronting them with the level of sustained implementation results. A direct content analysis with an inductive coding approach was used to identify promising strategies. The mean duration of the interviews was 37 minutes (min 26 minutes ¿ max 51 minutes).ResultsThe current study revealed strategies targeting professionals and the organisation. They comprised internal audit and feedback on outcomes, small-scale educational booster meetings, reminders, changing the physical structure of the organisation, changing the care process, making work agreements and delegating responsibility, and involving a coordinator. A multifaceted self-driven promising strategy was applied in most hospitals, and in most hospitals promising strategies were suggested to sustain the ERAS programme.ConclusionsJoining a quality improvement collaborative may not be enough to achieve long-term normalisation of transformed care, and additional investments may be needed. The findings suggest that certain post-implementation strategies are valuable in sustaining implementation successes achieved after joining a quality improvement collaborative.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 3%
Brazil 1 2%
Malaysia 1 2%
United Kingdom 1 2%
Colombia 1 2%
Unknown 60 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 13 20%
Student > Doctoral Student 11 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 8 12%
Student > Master 8 12%
Other 7 11%
Other 16 24%
Unknown 3 5%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 32 48%
Nursing and Health Professions 11 17%
Social Sciences 6 9%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 3 5%
Business, Management and Accounting 2 3%
Other 5 8%
Unknown 7 11%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 4. 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 23 May 2015.
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#4,100,108
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#2,045
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#83,813
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Outputs of similar age from BMC Health Services Research
#201
of 495 outputs
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