Implementation strategies – moving guidance into practice


Correspondence: Robert Fox. Email:


Key content

  • The importance of guideline development.
  • The gap between knowledge and practice.
  • Evidence for implementation strategies.

Learning objectives

  • To understand how simple guidelines fail to promote change.
  • To understand the evidence for implementation tools.
  • To understand the range of implementation tools, such as: integrated care pathways, care bundles (venous thromboembolism [VTE] risk assessment), equipment boxes (e.g. eclampsia), decision stickers (e.g. cardiotocography [CTG] analysis), safety briefings/structured ward rounds.
  • How to go about designing an implementation project.
  • How to effect change.