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Int J Qual Health Care. 2013 Sep;25(4):352-6. doi: 10.1093/intqhc/mzt038. Epub 2013 May 21.

Innovation spread: lessons from HIV.

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  • 1Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, CT 06520, USA. kristina.talbert-slagle@yale.edu

Abstract

Efficient spreading of evidence-based innovations among complex health systems remains an elusive goal despite extensive study in the social sciences. Biology provides a model of successful spread in viruses, which have evolved to spread with maximum efficiency using minimal resources. Here we explore the molecular mechanisms of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) spread and identify five steps that are also common to a recent example of spread in complex health systems: reduction in door-to-balloon times for patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). We then describe a new model we have developed, called AIDED, which is based on mixed-methods research but informed by the conceptual framework of HIV spread among cells. The AIDED model contains five components: Assess, Innovate, Develop, Engage and Devolve, and can describe any one of the following: the spread of HIV among cells, the spread of practices to reduce door-to-balloon time for patients with STEMI and the spread of certain family health innovations in low- and middle-income countries. We suggest that by looking to the biological sciences for a model of spread that has been honed by evolution, we may have identified fundamental steps that are necessary and sufficient for efficient, low-cost spread of health innovations among complex health systems.

KEYWORDS:

HIV; evidence-based medicine; innovation diffusion; virus spread

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23696582
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PMCID:
PMC3723303
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