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A framework for successful adoption of surgical innovation.

Seyed Esfahani, M., Heydari Khajehpour, S., Roushan-Easton, G. and Howell, R. D., 2022. A framework for successful adoption of surgical innovation. Surgical Innovation, 29 (5), 662-670.

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DOI: 10.1177/15533506221074612


Background Innovation Adoption Frameworks are applied in healthcare industry, but surgical innovation does not follow the same models as medical innovation and it is not always adopted fully by members of the team. Purpose The aim of this paper is to develop a framework for successful adoption of surgical innovation. Research design This paper is inspired by design thinking. Based on a pragmatic research philosophy, a mixed method approach was selected including semi-structured interview and focus groups, following a questionnaire. Study sample A sample of five specialists in the field (doctors and managers) were selected for interview. Six focus groups were conducted. On average, five people were involved in each focus groups, 30 participants in total, including consultants, senior and junior ward nurses, health care assistant (HCA), cancer nurse specialist, stoma nurses, theatre senior and junior staff. Data collection/analysis Qualitative data was collected and analyzed using Thematic Analysis. Results Following a design thinking approach; firstly, an initial Surgical Adoption Model was proposed, based on the existing literature. Then, the challenges, processes and teams involved in Robotic Surgery adoption, an existing surgical innovation in a local NHS hospital, were explored. Five main themes were extracted from interviews and focus groups data - ‘Innovation Perception’, ‘Guilty vs. Undervalued’, ‘Knowledge is Power’, ‘Ex-novation’ and ‘Facilitators and Super-users’. This resulted into the development of an adapted Surgical Innovation Framework. Conclusions The Surgical Innovation Framework incorporated the themes extracted from the data. The framework is unique within the field of surgical innovation and is designed with the aim of improving surgical innovation adoption success rate. Future research can trial the framework to evaluate its effectiveness.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:innovation adoption; robotic surgery; surgical innovation; digital health
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:36787
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:28 Mar 2022 07:48
Last Modified:25 Jan 2023 12:37


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