Key questions addressed

  • What research evidence is there about the best ways to spread health care innovations and improvement?
  • What does the research evidence suggest contributes to the successful spread of a health care improvement or innovation?

Within the NHS there are many pockets of good practice and examples of successful innovation and improvement. Sometimes these good ideas are not adopted by the wider system, or take a long time to spread.

This evidence scan provides examples from the published empirical literature of techniques for spreading innovation and improvement. The focus is on identifying practical things that teams and organisations can do to publicise and spread new ideas and ways of working.

The scan draws on the empirical research to present a number of tips for spreading good practice.

Further reading

Quick guide

Using communications approaches to spread improvement

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