Considering context in quality improvement interventions and implementation: Concepts, frameworks, and application

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Abstract

Growing consensus within the health care field suggests that context matters and needs more concerted study for helping those who implement and conduct research on quality improvement interventions. Health care delivery system decision makers require information about whether an intervention tested in one context will work in another with some differences from the original site. We aimed to define key terms, enumerate candidate domains for the study of context, provide examples from the pediatric quality improvement literature, and identify potential measures for selected contexts. Key sources include the organizational literature, broad evaluation frameworks, and a recent project in the patient safety area on context sensitivity. The article concludes with limitations and next steps for developments in this area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S45-S53
JournalAcademic pediatrics
Volume13
Issue number6 SUPPL.
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • context sensitivity
  • implementation science
  • pediatrics
  • quality improvement interventions
  • quality of care
  • realist evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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