What happened to the no-wait hospital? A case study of implementation of operational plans for reduced waits

Johan Hansson, Sara Tolf, John Øvretveit, Jan Carlsson, Mats Brommels

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Background: Both research and practice show that waiting lists are hard to reduce. Implementing complex interventions for reduced waits is an intricate and challenging process that requires special attention for surrounding factors helping and hindering the implementation. This article reports a case study of a hospital implementation of operational plans for reduced waits, with an emphasis on the process of change. Methods: A case study research design, theoretically informed by the Pettigrew and Whipp model of strategic change, was applied. Data were gathered from individual and focus group interviews with informants from different organizational levels at different times and from documents and plans. Findings: The findings revealed arrangements both helping and hindering the implementation work. Helping factors were the hospital′s contemporary savings requirements and experiences from similar change initiatives. Those hindering the actions to plan and agree the changes were unclear support functions and unclear task prioritization. Conclusions and Practice Implications: One contribution of this study is to demonstrate the advantages, disadvantages, and challenges of a contextualized case study for increased understanding of factors influencing organizational change implementation. One lesson for current policy is to regard context factors that are critical for successful implementation.

LanguageEnglish
Pages34-43
Number of pages10
JournalQuality management in health care
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • case study research
  • change implementation
  • process evaluation
  • wait-list management

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Hansson, Johan ; Tolf, Sara ; Øvretveit, John ; Carlsson, Jan ; Brommels, Mats. / What happened to the no-wait hospital? A case study of implementation of operational plans for reduced waits. In: Quality management in health care. 2012 ; Vol. 21, No. 1. pp. 34-43.
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In: Quality management in health care, Vol. 21, No. 1, 01.2012, p. 34-43.

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