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BEST PRACTICES: Mayo Clinic model of diffusion explained

The development of the Mayo Clinic Model of Diffusion, which is a formal process for speeding the adoption of best practices at the Mayo Clinic, is described in this article by Mayo Clinic staff.  The model drew principles from a literature search and benchmarking of leading organizations in various industries, including Cargill, and Federal Express.  It was determined that diffusion of innovations depends on the enablers: culture, engineering, and infrastructure or systems support.  The model also addresses the key elements of “leadership, Value Creation Teams, diffusion actions, operational implementation, and best practice review and maintenance.”  All of these concepts are discussed in this article.  There is also a “Mayo Clinic Model of Diffusion Checklist.”

Source: Dilling, J.A., and others.  Accelerating the use of best practices: The Mayo Clinic Model of Diffusion.  The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety;39(4):167-176, Apr. 2013.  Click here for access to publsher’s website: http://store.jcrinc.com/the-joint-commission-journal-on-quality-and-patient-safety/ Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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