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Exclusive - Quality Improvement and Implementation Science Presentation

The Improvement Science Research Network Coordinating Center had the pleasure of hosting ISRN Steering Council member John Ovretveit for a week long visiting professorship preceding the 2014 Improvement Science Summit. Dr. Øvretveit is the director of the Medical Management Centre at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden and has been a member of the ISRN Steering Council since 2012.

John Øvretveit's work is based on the belief that organization and management can bring out the best and worst in people, and that the right organization design is critical for effective healthcare. A theme underlying his work is how practical research can contribute both to better care for patients and to "healthy work organization."

Dr. Øvretveit's current research examines implementation of management and organization improvements, coordination of care and safety. His research publications on leading value improvement explore the costs and savings of quality improvements. Some of Dr. Øvretveit's earlier work describes action evaluation methods for giving rapid feedback for service providers and policy-makers to improve their services. 

Dr. Øvretveit presented 4 sessions on quality improvement and implementation science to an interprofessional group of attendees. Archives of the keynote presentation and workshop PowerPoint slides can be accessed by clicking on the links below.


Keynote Presentation: Quality Improvement and Implementation Science

Workshop Session 1: Implementation Research: Concepts, Models and Effective Implementation (PowerPoint Slides)

Workshop Session 2: Fidelity Assessment and Outcomes in Implementation Research (PowerPoint Slides)

Workshop Session 3: Adaptive Implementation and Research (PowerPoint Slides)



1. Aarons, G. A., Hurlburt, M., & Horwitz, S. M. (2011). Advancing a conceptual model of evidence-based practice implementation in public service sectors. Administration and Policy in Mental Health, 38(1), 4-23. doi:10.1007/s10488-010-0327-7

2. Coleman, E. A., Rosenbek, S. A., & Roman, S. P. (2013). Disseminating evidence-based care into practice. Population Health Management, 16(4), 227-234. doi:10.1089/pop.2012.0069

3. Ovretveit, J., & Gustafson, D. (2003). Using research to inform quality programmes. The BMJ, 326(7392), 759-761.

4. Ovretveit, J. (2014, August). Evaluating Improvement and Implementation for Health. McGraw-Hill Education. Open University Press. ISBN-13: 978-033524277. For information, go to:   


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