Desirable attributes of theories, models, and frameworks for implementation strategy design in healthcare: a scoping review protocol

Joshua Porat-Dahlerbruch, Guillaume Fontaine, Ève Bourbeau-Allard, Anne Spinewine, Jeremy M. Grimshaw, Moriah E. Ellen

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Abstract

Background: Implementation strategies can facilitate the adoption of evidence-based practices and policies. A wide range of theoretical approaches-theories, models, and frameworks-can be used to inform implementation strategy design in different ways (e.g., guiding barrier and enabler assessment to implementing evidence-based interventions). While selection criteria and attributes of theoretical approaches for use in implementation strategy design have been studied, they have never been synthesized. Furthermore, theoretical approaches have never been classified according to desirable criteria and attributes for use in implementation strategy design. This scoping review aims to a) identify the literature reporting on the selection of theoretical approaches for informing implementation strategy design in healthcare and b) understand the suggested use of these approaches in implementation strategy design. Methods: The Joanna Briggs Institute methodological guidelines will be used to conduct this scoping review. A search of three bibliographical databases (MEDLINE, Embase, CINAHL) will be conducted for peer-reviewed discussion, methods, protocol, or review papers. Data will be managed using the Covidence software. Two review team members will independently perform screening, full text review and data extraction. Results: Results will include a list of selection criteria and attributes of theoretical approaches for use in research on implementation strategy design. Descriptive data regarding selection criteria and attributes will be synthesized graphically and in table format. Data regarding the suggested use of theoretical approaches in implementation strategy design will be presented narratively. Conclusions: Results will be used to classify existing theoretical approaches according to the attributes and selection criteria identified in this scoping review. Envisioned next steps include an online tool that will be created to assist researchers in selecting theories, models, and frameworks for implementation strategy design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1003
Number of pages1
JournalF1000Research
Volume11
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • implementation; implementation science; review; theory; evidence-based practice; literature review; protocol; knowledge translation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Immunology and Microbiology
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics (all)

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