Evaluating Improvement and Implementation for Health describes modern evaluation methods in healthcare and policymaking, and challenges some of the assumptions of the evidence based healthcare movement:
Are innovations always an improvement?Are they always worth it?Can they be implemented?More importantly, should they be implemented?
These are questions with practical consequences and questions which evaluation can answer - if we choose the right methods. This book will help you do just that - match the right evaluation method to the questions being asked. Pragmatic, even-handed and accessible, Evaluating Improvement and Implementation for Health provides an overview of the many different evaluation perspectives and methods used in the health sector. Suitable for health practitioners, managers, policy advisers, and researchers, its practical and multidisciplinary approach shows how to ensure that evaluation results in action."This book is to be welcomed for its wide ranging introduction to the many approaches to evaluation."
Carolyn M ClancyFormer Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) "For anyone looking for a readable and complete introduction to evaluation, the search ends here. This book gives an overview of evaluation in action for making better decisions about how to improve health outcomes for individuals, communities, and nations. The emphasis on including assessments of implementation is refreshing and the examples throughout the book illuminate the concepts and pique the reader's curiosity right to the end."
Dean L. Fixsen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Senior Scientist, & Co-Director, National Implementation Research Network, USA
John Ovretveit is an award-winning author and Professor of health improvement, implementation and evaluation at the Karolinska Institute Academic Medical Center in Stockholm where he is Director of research at the medical management center of the Learning Informatics Management and Ethics Department.
Foreword AcknowledgementsPart I Introduction: Concepts Evaluating health interventions, improvements and theirimplementation Evaluation tools and concepts Quick start: How do I plan and carry out an evaluation? Designs Part II Introduction: Example evaluations - do they answerusers' questions? Evaluating interventions to patients and patient performance Evaluating interventions to professionals and performanceevaluations Evaluating interventions to health services and performance Evaluating interventions to health systems and performance Evaluating population health interventions and publichealth service performance Part III Introduction: Evaluation subjects Evaluating implementation Evaluating digital health technologies Evaluating complex social interventions Evaluating return on investment and value improvements Economic evaluation Glossary References Index