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Health Serv Res. 2017 Jun;52(3):1207-1222. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12524. Epub 2016 Jun 28.

A Practical Guide to Using the Positive Deviance Method in Health Services Research.

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1
Section of General Internal Medicine, 801 Massachusetts Avenue, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA, 02118.
2
Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research, Bedford VA Medical Center, Bedford, MA.
3
Department of Health Policy and Management, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To provide practical tips for health services researchers considering the use of positive deviance (PD) methods to help explain variations in quality of care or other meaningful parameters.

DATA SOURCES:

Published literature and personal experience.

STUDY DESIGN:

Narrative review.

PRINCIPAL FINDINGS:

This review includes a discussion of possible applications of PD to health services research, some methodological choices applicable to PD, and some brief tips regarding publishing the results and incorporating them into future interventions.

CONCLUSIONS:

It is hoped that this article will help health services researchers to use this valuable research method more effectively, especially those who have not done so before.

KEYWORDS:

Positive deviance; implementation science; qualitative research; quality of health care; variations in care

PMID:
27349472
PMCID:
PMC5441507
DOI:
10.1111/1475-6773.12524
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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