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Improving Patient Care: The Implementation of Change in Health Care, 2nd Edition




Improving Patient Care: The Implementation of Change in Health Care, 2nd Edition

Richard Grol (Editor), Michel Wensing (Editor), Martin Eccles (Editor), David Davis (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-67338-6 May 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 392 Pages


As innovations are constantly being developed within health care, it can be difficult both to select appropriate new practices and technologies and to successfully adopt them within complex organizations. It is necessary to understand the consequences of introducing change, how to best implement new procedures and techniques, how to evaluate success and to improve the quality of patient care. This comprehensive guide allows you to do just that.

 Improving Patient Care, 2nd edition provides a structure for professionals and change agents to implement better practices in health care. It helps health professionals, managers, policy makers and researchers to assess new techniques and select and implement change in their organizations. This new edition includes recent evidence and further coverage on patient safety and patient centred strategies for change.  

 Written by an international expert author team, Improving Patient Care is an established standard text for postgraduate students of health policy, health services and health management. The strong author team are global professors involved in managing research and development in the field of quality improvement, evidence-based practice and guidelines, quality assessment and indicators to improve patient outcomes through receiving appropriate healthcare.

List of Contributors


Part I Principles of Implementation of Change

1 Implementation of change in healthcare: a complex problem
Richard Grol, Michel Wensing

2 Theories on implementation of change in healthcare
Richard Grol, Michel Wensing, Marije Bosch, Marlies Hulscher, Martin Eccles

3 Effective implementation of change in healthcare: a systematic approach
Richard Grol, Michel Wensing

4 Planning and organizing the change process
Richard Grol, Mariëlle Ouwens, Hub Wollersheim

Part II Guidelines and Innovations

5 Characteristics of successful innovations
Richard Grol, Michel Wensing

6 Clinical practice guidelines as a tool for improving patient care
Jako Burgers, Mirrian Smolders, Trudy van der Weijden, David Davis, Richard Grol

Part III Assessment of Performance

7 Quality and safety of care: the role of indicators
Jozé Braspenning, Rosella Hermens, Hilly Calsbeek, Gert Westert, Stephen Campbell, Richard Grol

Part IV Problem Analysis

8 Determinants of change
Michel Wensing, Marije Bosch, Richard Grol

9 Methods to identify determinants of change in healthcare
Michel Wensing, Marije Bosch, Richard Grol

Part V Strategies for Change

10 Development and selection of strategies for improving patient care
Richard Grol, Marije Bosch, Michel Wensing

11 Dissemination of innovations
Richard Grol, Michel Wensing

12 Educational strategies
Michel Wensing, Cornelia Fluit, Richard Grol

13 Feedback and reminders
Trudy van der Weijden, Michel Wensing, Martin Eccles, Richard Grol

14 Patient-focused strategies
Marjan Faber, Trudy van der Weijden, Glyn Elwyn, Michel Wensing, Richard Grol

15 Organizational implementation strategies for change
Michel Wensing, Miranda Laurant, Mariëlle Ouwens, Hub Wollersheim

16 Patient safety and risk prevention
Marieke Zegers, Hub Wollersheim, Michel Wensing, Charles Vincent, Richard Grol

17 Economic and policy strategies for implementation of change
Michel Wensing, Martin Eccles, Richard Grol

18 Multifaceted strategies for improvement
Marlies Hulscher, Michel Wensing, Richard Grol

Part VI Organization and Evaluation

19 Planning of change implementation
Richard Grol, Mariëlle Ouwens

20 Impact of implementation strategies: controlled studies
Trudy van der Weijden, Martin Eccles, Jeremy Grimshaw, Richard Grol

21 Observational evaluation of implementation strategies
Michel Wensing, Richard Grol

22 Process evaluation of implementation strategies
Marlies Hulscher, Miranda Laurant, Richard Grol

23 Economic evaluation of implementation strategies
Johan L. Severens, Ties Hoomans, Eddy Adang, Michel Wensing