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Examining Strategies for Implementing Best Practices in Home Healthcare


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Abstract: Home healthcare agencies frequently strive to improve quality of care through the use of guidelines to promote best practices. A significant challenge is implementing new practices once they have been identified. Drawing on literature and interviews, this article reviews the effectiveness and feasibility of strategies used to disseminate evidence and how these interact with characteristics of the desired change and characteristics of the organization seeking to implement the change. Based on this review, suggestions are made about how agencies can promote the implementation of guidelines and how the use of best practices can be supported throughout the industry.