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Knowledge management infrastructure to support quality improvement: A qualitative study of maternity services in four European hospitals

Karltun, A; Sanne, JM; Aase, K; Anderson, JE; Fernandes, A; Fulop, NJ; Höglund, PJ; (2019) Knowledge management infrastructure to support quality improvement: A qualitative study of maternity services in four European hospitals. Health Policy 10.1016/j.healthpol.2019.11.005. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

The influence of multilevel healthcare system interactions on clinical quality improvement (QI) is still largely unexplored. Through the lens of knowledge management (KM) theory, this study explores how hospital managers can enhance the conditions for clinical QI given the specific multilevel and professional interactions in various healthcare systems. The research used an in-depth multilevel analysis in maternity departments in four purposively sampled European hospitals (Portugal, England, Norway and Sweden). The study combines analysis of macro-level policy documents and regulations with semi-structured interviews (96) and non-participant observations (193 hours) of hospital and clinical managers and clinical staff in maternity departments. There are fourmainconclusions: First,the uniquemultilevel configurationofnationalhealthcare policy, hospital management and clinical professionals influence the development of clinical QI efforts. Second, these different configurations provide various and often insufficient support and guidance which affect professionals’ action strategies in QI efforts. Third, hospital managers’ opportunities and capabilities for developing a consistent KM infrastructure with reinforcing enabling conditions which merge national policies and guidelines with clinical reality is crucial for clinical QI. Fourth, understanding these interrelationships provides an opportunity for improvement of the KM infrastructure for hospital managers through tailored interventions.

Type: Article
Title: Knowledge management infrastructure to support quality improvement: A qualitative study of maternity services in four European hospitals
Location: Ireland
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2019.11.005
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthpol.2019.11.005
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/)
Keywords: Multilevel interaction, Healthcare management, Hospital management, Professionals’ action strategies, Knowledge management, Improvement science
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Applied Health Research
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10089967
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