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The e-health implementation toolkit: qualitative evaluation across four European countries

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Show simple item record MacFarlane, Anne E. Clerkin, Pauline Murray, Elizabeth Heaney, David J. Wakeling, Mary Pesola, Ulla-Maija Waterworth, Eva Lindh Larsen, Frank Makiniemi, Minna Winblad, Ilkka 2013-04-12T10:02:38Z 2013-04-12T10:02:38Z 2011
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Implementation researchers have attempted to overcome the research-practice gap in e-health by developing tools that summarize and synthesize research evidence of factors that impede or facilitate implementation of innovation in healthcare settings. The e-Health Implementation Toolkit (e-HIT) is an example of such a tool that was designed within the context of the United Kingdom National Health Service to promote implementation of e-health services. Its utility in international settings is unknown. Methods: We conducted a qualitative evaluation of the e-HIT in use across four countries–Finland, Norway, Scotland, and Sweden. Data were generated using a combination of interview approaches (n = 22) to document e-HIT users’ experiences of the tool to guide decision making about the selection of e-health pilot services and to monitor their progress over time. Results: e-HIT users evaluated the tool positively in terms of its scope to organize and enhance their critical thinking about their implementation work and, importantly, to facilitate discussion between those involved in that work. It was easy to use in either its paper- or web-based format, and its visual elements were positively received. There were some minor criticisms of the e-HIT with some suggestions for content changes and comments about its design as a generic tool (rather than specific to sites and e-health services). However, overall, e-HIT users considered it to be a highly workable tool that they found useful, which they would use again, and which they would recommend to other e-health implementers. Conclusion: The use of the e-HIT is feasible and acceptable in a range of international contexts by a range of professionals for a range of different e-health systems. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher BioMed Central en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Implementation Science;6, 122
dc.subject e-health implementation toolkit en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.title The e-health implementation toolkit: qualitative evaluation across four European countries en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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