Producing Synergy in Collaborations: A Successful Hospital Innovation

Posted on April 3, 2012. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , |

Producing Synergy in Collaborations: A Successful Hospital Innovation
Lise Corwin, J. Hope Corbin & Maurice B. Mittelmark
The Innovation Journal: The Public Sector Innovation Journal, Volume 17(1), 2012, article 5

Research Centre for Health Promotion, Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen, Norway


“Patient malnutrition in hospitals is common and impedes recovery. Part of the problem is that hospitals are organised around diagnosis and treatment, not for good nutrition. This paper describes a Norwegian hospital’s nutrition innovation that enhanced collaboration across and within the hospital hierarchy. The Bergen Model of Collaborative Functioning was the analysis framework for the study reported here. Success factors included having a clear mission, a sound implementation plan, leader commitment, trust and coordination, committed partners, clear structure, rules and roles, face-to-face communication, celebrating accomplishments underway, and utilising the surrounding context to give the innovation visibility and publicity.”

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