Organizational Culture and Change

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Community Goal Setting and Attainment: Organizational Characteristics and Indicators of Staff Adoption.
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Kolanowski A, Heid AR, Behrens L, Riley K, Madrigal C, Boltz M, et al.
Journal of gerontological nursing. 2022 May;48(5):5–12.
In residential care communities (CCs), implementation strategies can improve the use of person-centered approaches for residents’ behavioral symptoms of distress. We examined staff perceptions of how well their organizational goals for achieving person-centered care (PCC) were met following implementation of the strategy, Evidence Integration Triangle for Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Distress. We also identified organizational characteristics and indicators of staff adoption associated with perceived goal attainment. Goal attainment was evaluated by staff using goal attainment scaling (GAS) at the completion of the implementation trial in 26 CCs. Correlations, t tests, and linear regression were used to determine which factors were associated with goal attainment. Total time spent with the research facilitator, stable staff group membership, and presence of a survey deficiency during the study period explained 63% of the variance in goal attainment. Staff can set achievable organizational goals to improve PCC for residents’ behavioral symptoms of distress. [Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 48(5), 5-12.].

The Atlas Context Data Repository: A Feasible, Acceptable, and Useful Prototype for Context Data Collection and Future Predictive Analysis.
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Subramanian L, Desai M, Miller KA, Healey AJ, Henrich N.
Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety. 2022 May;48(5):250–61.
BACKGROUND: Evidence from health care and other fields indicates that context matters for successful implementation of quality improvement initiatives. Most context assessment frameworks and tools are evidence-informed; that is, based on literature and expert opinion/consensus. Quantitative evidence is lacking on which aspects of context most strongly predict implementation success. Implementers need this evidence to prioritize contextual factors for assessment and action. METHODS: The Atlas Initiative developed a prototype of surveys and data collection processes for populating the Atlas Context Data Repository, a large database that will enable statistical analyses of the relationship between context and implementation success. The prototype was piloted with eight US health care sites to assess its feasibility, acceptability, and utility for individual implementers and for use at scale. The researchers collected and analyzed quantitative data from the repository surveys, shared context assessment reports with sites, interviewed sites about their experiences, and held internal team debriefs. RESULTS: Sites found the Atlas prototype feasible and acceptable to implement and the context assessment reports useful for understanding their strengths and challenges. The Atlas Initiative successfully recruited repository participants and supported survey administration. The sample data, although too small to make predictive inferences, had reasonable distributions and low missingness. CONCLUSION: The results indicate that the Atlas Context Data Repository can be feasibly implemented at scale with minor modifications to the prototype, that the repository database can support future statistical analyses when it has more data, and that participation in the repository is valuable and worthwhile for sites.