Refining a taxonomy for guideline implementation: results of an exercise in abstract classification

Danielle Mazza, Phillip Bairstow, Heather Buchan, Samantha Paubrey Chakraborty, Oliver Van Hecke, Cathy Carol Grech, Ilkka Kunnamo

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To better understand the efficacy of various implementation strategies, improved methods for describing and classifying the nature of these strategies are urgently required. The aim of this study was to develop and pilot the feasibility of a taxonomy to classify the nature and content of implementation strategies. Methods: A draft implementation taxonomy was developed based on the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) data collection checklist. The draft taxonomy had four domains (professional, financial, organisational and regulatory) covering 49 distinct strategies. We piloted the draft taxonomy by using it to classify the implementation strategies described in the conference abstracts of the implementation stream of the 2010 Guideline International Network Conference. Five authors classified the strategies in each abstract individually. Final categorisation was then carried out in a face-to-face consensus meeting involving three authors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 10
Number of pages10
JournalImplementation Science
Issue number32
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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