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Setting Priorities to Inform Assessment of Care Homes’ Readiness to Participate in Healthcare Innovation: A Systematic Mapping Review and Consensus Process

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Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 9AB, UK
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University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
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Care for Older People, City, University of London, London EC1V OHB, UK
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Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2TU, UK
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Division of Medical Sciences and Graduate Entry Medicine, University of Nottingham, Derby DE22 3NE, UK
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(3), 987; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17030987
Received: 10 December 2019 / Revised: 26 January 2020 / Accepted: 31 January 2020 / Published: 5 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Enhancing the Quality of Care in Long-Term Care Settings)
Organisational context is known to impact on the successful implementation of healthcare initiatives in care homes. We undertook a systematic mapping review to examine whether researchers have considered organisational context when planning, conducting, and reporting the implementation of healthcare innovations in care homes. Review data were mapped against the Alberta Context Tool, which was designed to assess organizational context in care homes. The review included 56 papers. No studies involved a systematic assessment of organisational context prior to implementation, but many provided post hoc explanations of how organisational context affected the success or otherwise of the innovation. Factors identified to explain a lack of success included poor senior staff engagement, non-alignment with care home culture, limited staff capacity to engage, and low levels of participation from health professionals such as general practitioners (GPs). Thirty-five stakeholders participated in workshops to discuss findings and develop questions for assessing care home readiness to participate in innovations. Ten questions were developed to initiate conversations between innovators and care home staff to support research and implementation. This framework can help researchers initiate discussions about health-related innovation. This will begin to address the gap between implementation theory and practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: long-term care; organisational; context older people; care homes long-term care; organisational; context older people; care homes
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Bunn, F.; Goodman, C.; Corazzini, K.; Sharpe, R.; Handley, M.; Lynch, J.; Meyer, J.; Dening, T.; Gordon, A.L. Setting Priorities to Inform Assessment of Care Homes’ Readiness to Participate in Healthcare Innovation: A Systematic Mapping Review and Consensus Process. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 987.

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