Sustainable Outcomes of an Improvement Program: Do Financial Incentives Matter?
2013 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether an improvement program can contribute to positive sustainable improvements in an organization, and whether financial incentives are driving forces for improvements. The material was all projects (n=232) that applied for funding in a county council improvement program between 2007 and 2010. The projects were analyzed as to whether they received funding (n=98) or were rejected (n=95). In addition, a categorization of the projects’ intentions was analyzed. Some projects were still ongoing, but 50 projects were implemented and sustained two or more years after being finalized. Implemented improvements were on different levels, from (micro level) units up to the entire (macro level) organization. In addition, 27 rejected projects were finalized without funding. Eighteen of those 27 were sustainably implemented. This study indicates that there are incentives other than financial at work if an improvement program will contribute to sustainable improvements in the organization. To encourage practice-based improvements is one way of incentivizing the intention and effort to become and perform better.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Quality improvement, healthcare settings, improvement program, sustainable improvement, financial incentives
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-91254OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-91254DiVA: diva2:616662