Introducing Evidence Through Research "Push": Using Theory and Qualitative Methods

Andrew Morden, Bie Nio Ong, Lauren Brooks, Clare Jinks, Mark Porcheret, John J Edwards, Krysia S Dziedzic

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A multitude of factors can influence the uptake and implementation of complex interventions in health care. A plethora of theories and frameworks recognize the need to establish relationships, understand organizational dynamics, address context and contingency, and engage key decision makers. Less attention is paid to how theories that emphasize relational contexts can actually be deployed to guide the implementation of an intervention. The purpose of the article is to demonstrate the potential role of qualitative research aligned with theory to inform complex interventions. We detail a study underpinned by theory and qualitative research that (a) ensured key actors made sense of the complex intervention at the earliest stage of adoption and (b) aided initial engagement with the intervention. We conclude that using theoretical approaches aligned with qualitative research can provide insights into the context and dynamics of health care settings that in turn can be used to aid intervention implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1560
Number of pages1575
JournalQualitative Health Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2015

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