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Title: Developing a targeted, theory-informed implementation intervention using two theoretical frameworks to address health professional and organisational factors: a case study to improve the management of mild traumatic brain injury in the emergency department.
Epworth Authors: Ponsford, Jennie
Other Authors: Tavender, Emma
Bosch, Marije
Gruen, Russell
Green, Sally
Michie, Susan
Brennan, Sue
Francis, Jill
Knott, Jonathan
Meares, Sue
Smyth, Tracy
O'Connor, Denise
Keywords: Monash-Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre, Richmond, Victoria, Australia.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Intervention Design
Intervention Development
Theory Use
Theoretical Domains Framework
Diffusion of innovations in service organisations
Issue Date: May-2015
Publisher: BioMed Central
Citation: Implement Sci. 2015 May 25;10:74
Abstract: Background Despite the availability of evidence-based guidelines for the management of mild traumatic brain injury in the emergency department (ED), variations in practice exist. Interventions designed to implement recommended behaviours can reduce this variation. Using theory to inform intervention development is advocated; however, there is no consensus on how to select or apply theory. Integrative theoretical frameworks, based on syntheses of theories and theoretical constructs relevant to implementation, have the potential to assist in the intervention development process. This paper describes the process of applying two theoretical frameworks to investigate the factors influencing recommended behaviours and the choice of behaviour change techniques and modes of delivery for an implementation intervention. Methods A stepped approach was followed: (i) identification of locally applicable and actionable evidence-based recommendations as targets for change, (ii) selection and use of two theoretical frameworks for identifying barriers to and enablers of change (Theoretical Domains Framework and Model of Diffusion of Innovations in Service Organisations) and (iii) identification and operationalisation of intervention components (behaviour change techniques and modes of delivery) to address the barriers and enhance the enablers, informed by theory, evidence and feasibility/acceptability considerations. We illustrate this process in relation to one recommendation, prospective assessment of post-traumatic amnesia (PTA) by ED staff using a validated tool. Results Four recommendations for managing mild traumatic brain injury were targeted with the intervention. The intervention targeting the PTA recommendation consisted of 14 behaviour change techniques and addressed 6 theoretical domains and 5 organisational domains. The mode of delivery was informed by six Cochrane reviews. It was delivered via five intervention components : (i) local stakeholder meetings, (ii) identification of local opinion leader teams, (iii) a train-the-trainer workshop for appointed local opinion leaders, (iv) local training workshops for delivery by trained local opinion leaders and (v) provision of tools and materials to prompt recommended behaviours. Conclusions Two theoretical frameworks were used in a complementary manner to inform intervention development in managing mild traumatic brain injury in the ED. The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the developed intervention is being evaluated in a cluster randomised trial, part of the Neurotrauma Evidence Translation (NET) program.
DOI: 10.1186/s13012-015-0264-7
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ISSN: 1748-5908
Journal Title: Implementation Science
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: National Trauma Research Institute, The Alfred, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Department of Surgery, Central Clinical School, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Department of Trauma, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London, London, UK
School of Health Sciences, City University London, London, UK
School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne Medical School, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Department of Emergency Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Department, Westmead Hospital, Westmead, Australia
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Descriptive Study
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