Linking research to practice

the organisation and implementation of The Netherlands health and social care improvement programmes

John Øvretveit*, Niek Klazinga

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Both public and private health and social care services are facing increased and changing demands to improve quality and reduce costs. To enable local services to respond to these demands, governments and other organisations have established large scale improvement programmes. These usually seek to enable many services to make changes to apply proven improvements and to make use of quality improvement methods. The purpose of this paper is to provide an empirical description of how one organisation coordinated ten national improvement programmes between 2004 and 2010. It provides details which may be useful to others seeking to plan and implement such programmes, and also contributes to the understanding of knowledge translation and of network governance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-186
Number of pages12
JournalHealth Policy
Volume109
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Applied research
  • Evidence based policy
  • Implementation
  • Knowledge translation
  • Quality improvement

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