You had a good idea for change or innovation, you pilot-tested it using several relatively small tests of change using the PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act) cycle, and then you implemented the change in one location — for example, one unit in the hospital or one primary care clinic. Now what? Well, if the change works, then the next logical step is to spread the innovation to multiple locations — to spread the wealth, so to speak. However, you can’t just take a new process from one location and expect that it is going to work perfectly in another department or organization. Read on to learn how to spread innovations successfully.
Estimated Time of Completion: 20 minutes
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:
1. Explain how to spread a change.
2. List sociologist Everett Rogers’s five attributes of innovations that spread, and apply them to an improvement project.
3. Identify the components of IHI’s Framework for Spread.
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