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Making psychological theory useful for implementing evidence based practice: a consensus approach


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Resource type:Articles
Keywords:Evidence, Organisational
Author(s):Michie, S., Johnston, M., Abraham, C., Lawton, R., Parker, D. and Walker, A.
Date published:2005
Publisher:Quality & safety in health care

Evidence-based guidelines are often not implemented effectively with the result that best
health outcomes are not achieved. This may be due to a lack of theoretical understanding of the processes
involved in changing the behaviour of healthcare professionals. This paper reports the development of a
consensus on a theoretical framework that could be used in implementation research. The objectives were
to identify an agreed set of key theoretical constructs for use in (1) studying the implementation of evidence
based practice and (2) developing strategies for effective implementation, and to communicate these
constructs to an interdisciplinary audience.


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