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“It is a good idea, but…” A qualitative study of implementation of ‘Individual Plan’ in Norwegian mental health care

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Lene Chr Holum

NO
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Abstract

Aim of the study

The aim of the study is to explore and describe what hampers and promotes the implementation of 'Individual Plan' - Norway's answer to integrated care, and to discuss the findings according to implementation theory and research.

Background

'Individual Plan' is a master-plan intended to increase user-participation and provide better coordination of measures for patients in need of extensive and long-term health-care services. Norwegian Health Authorities used a dissemination strategy to implement 'Individual Plan' but managers within health and social care could chose their own way of implementation in their organisation.

Methodology

Twenty-two managers from different clinics and organisational levels within mental health care were interviewed with an in-depth semi-structured interview about the implementation process in their organisation. The analysis was primarily made according to Systematic Text Condensation.

Findings

The findings describe different implementation processes and how the managers identified with the usefulness of 'Individual Plan' as a tool, choice of practical implementation strategies, the manager's own role, characteristics of organisational culture as well as how the manager considered external factors such as administration, lack of time and resources. The evolved implementation themes are discussed within a frame of existing knowledge and theory.

Conclusion

A complex picture of barriers, dilemmas and benefits emerges, both internal and external to an organisation as well as at a personal level that need to be taken into consideration in forthcoming implementation processes to increase the rate of success.

How to Cite: Holum LC. “It is a good idea, but…” A qualitative study of implementation of ‘Individual Plan’ in Norwegian mental health care. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2012;12(1):None. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.809
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Published on 30 Mar 2012.
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