Qualitative Studies of Innovations in Healthcare Services: How Normalization Process Theory Can Help
Time: 1:00 AM to 2:00 PM ET
Series: QUERI Implementation Research Group
Speaker: Carl May, PhD
Description: How can we best understand the means through which new ways of organising and delivering healthcare are adopted, implemented, and sustained in practice? One way of doing this is by undertaking rigorously designed and executed primary studies and evidence syntheses using theory-informed qualitative methods of investigation. Implementation Theories can help us structure such studies and make sense of their results. This seminar will introduce Normalization Process Theory (NPT) as a framework that identifies, characterises, and explains key mechanisms that motivate and shape implementation processes and their outcomes. It will also describe the Normalization Process Theory Coding Manual that presents a set of well-defined and validated theoretical concepts that form the core of NPT and shows how they may be simply applied in qualitative work. The seminar will show how the NPT Coding Manual can effectively be used to support studies that use a wide range of approaches to qualitative data analysis. It will be of interest to qualitative health researchers with a general interest in integrating theory in analysis of empirical data, as well as practitioners and researchers applying NPT in qualitative studies and service evaluation and design.
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