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Case study of an inter‐professional and inter‐organisational programme to adapt, implement and evaluate clinical guidelines in secondary care

Lesley Hall (Research Associate at the Centre for Health Services Research, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Martin Eccles (Professor of Clinical Effectiveness at the Centre for Health Services Research, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)

British Journal of Clinical Governance

ISSN: 1466-4100

Article publication date: 1 June 2000

Abstract

This paper describes the implementation of a clinical guideline across three acute Trusts. A Clinical Effectiveness Steering Group identified prevention of venous thromboembolism as a health priority. A local guideline development group adapted the recommendations of an existing review and produced a local guideline. Then, a multidisciplinary implementation group developed the practical aspects of implementing guidelines into routine daily practice. They identified appropriate staff to carry out risk assessment and to administer appropriate prophylaxis, as necessary. They also produced a “guideline pack” containing a training resource manual and implementation aids. Following this a multiple strategy implementation programme was used to introduce the guidelines, and an evaluation was carried out eight to ten months after the introduction of the guidelines. The evaluation identified a number of areas for improving current practice. Guideline implementation is a complex, time‐consuming process.

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Hall, L. and Eccles, M. (2000), "Case study of an inter‐professional and inter‐organisational programme to adapt, implement and evaluate clinical guidelines in secondary care", British Journal of Clinical Governance, Vol. 5 No. 2, pp. 72-82. https://doi.org/10.1108/14664100010343863

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