Implementation science: perspectives on achieving practice change
Per Nilsen, professor of social medicine and public health at Linköping University, Sweden
Per Nilsen’s research is about implementation, patient safety, workplace learning and change fatigue in health care. He leads several projects that are implementing evidence-based practices in various settings, and the 10 PhD students he supervises and co-supervises are mostly involved with implementation research projects. He has developed Master and doctoral-level implementation courses, which have run annually since 2011.
He has a particular interest in issues concerning behaviour and practice change, and the application of theories, models and frameworks for improved understanding and explanation of implementation challenges. He advocates a system approach to the study of implementation, accounting for individual level influences to cultural and contextual influences at various collective levels.
His talk will begin with a brief overview of the origins and development of the field of implementation science. He will then focus on how the challenge of achieving a more evidence-based health care practice can be understood from different theoretical perspectives concerning behaviour change, including social cognitive theory, habit theory and professional and organisational culture theory.
For details of upcoming, and previous, seminars about improvement and implementation please see the KIS website.
These monthly end-of-afternoon lectures take place at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience [IoPPN] main building in de Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF. Anyone who is interested in improvement and implementation is welcome to attend. The seminars are organised by King's Improvement Science postdoctoral fellows.
KIS is part of the Centre for Implementation Science at the National Institute for Health Research [NIHR] Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research [CLAHRC] South London, also based at King's College London. The CIS is home to a team of expert researchers, including health economists and statisticians. They investigate how best to help implement evidence-based practice and research results within health services in south London and further afield.