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Applying adult development theories to improvement science
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, The Jönköping Academy for Improvement of Health and Welfare. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. IMPROVE (Improvement, innovation, and leadership in health and welfare). Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ADULT.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8952-8773
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, The Jönköping Academy for Improvement of Health and Welfare. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science.
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, ISSN 0952-6862, E-ISSN 1758-6542, Vol. 30, no 7, p. 617-627Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to address how adult development (AD) theories can contribute to quality improvement (QI).

Design/methodology/approach

A theoretical analysis and discussion on how personal development empirical findings can relate to QI and Deming's four improvement knowledge domains.

Findings

AD research shows that professionals have qualitatively diverse ways of meaning-making and ways to approach possibilities in improvement efforts. Therefore, professionals with more complex meaning-making capacities are needed to create successful transformational changes and learning, with the recognition that system knowledge is a developmental capacity.

Practical implications

In QI and improvement science there is an assumption that professionals have the skills and competence needed for improvement efforts, but AD theories show that this is not always the case, which suggests a need for facilitating improvement initiatives, so that everyone can contribute based on their capacity.

Originality/value

This study illustrates that some competences in QI efforts are a developmental challenge to professionals, and should be considered in practice and research.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2017. Vol. 30, no 7, p. 617-627
Keywords [en]
Change management; Continuing professional development; Leadership; Quality healthcare; Quality improvement
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Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-37178DOI: 10.1108/IJHCQA-09-2016-0124ISI: 000407643400005PubMedID: 28809588Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85027534183OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-37178DiVA, id: diva2:1138280
Available from: 2017-09-04 Created: 2017-09-04 Last updated: 2017-09-14Bibliographically approved

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