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J Rehabil Med. 2019 Dec 16;51(11):834-840. doi: 10.2340/16501977-2597.

Development and application of implementation tools for rehabilitation guidelines.

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Current Care Guidelines, The Finnish Medical Society Duodecim, , 00100 Helsinki, Finland. raija.sipila@duodecim.fi.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe a project to develop guideline implementation tools (GItools) for rehabilitation guidelines, and a collaboration between a guideline producer and a healthcare organization to implement guidelines into care pathways.

DESIGN:

Descriptive case study.

METHODS:

A national guideline organization in Finland launched a 3-year project in 2015 to implement rehabilitation recommendations. Usability of the GItools was evaluated and improved, based on literature, workshops and surveys. An implementation plan guided the production of the GItools. An implementation plan was developed to integrate the shoulder disorders guideline into a care pathway at Päijät-Häme district rehabilitation unit. The implementation plan was produced in 3 facilitated workshops, which included brainstorming, snowballing, prioritizing and short lectures.

RESULTS:

Twenty implementation plans and 119 different GItools for 22 guidelines were developed. The GItools, in particular patient material, were perceived as useful for the facilitation of guideline implementation. Four seminars and 14 sessions of continuous medical education were arranged. A plan was developed and executed for the implementation of the shoulder disorders guideline.

CONCLUSION:

It is feasible for a guideline producer to systematically include GItools into rehabilitation guidelines. This implementation project was an example of a successful collaboration between a guideline producer and a healthcare organization.

KEYWORDS:

guideline adherence; implementation science; rehabilitation

PMID:
31583419
DOI:
10.2340/16501977-2597
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