Organizational tactics for the successful assimilation of medical practice guidelines

Health Care Manage Rev. Summer 1998;23(3):30-7. doi: 10.1097/00004010-199802330-00004.


Medical practice guidelines are being developed rapidly and advocated as a crucial component in transforming and improving the delivery of health care services. However, little is known about the ability of hospitals to institute guidelines outside of experimental settings. This article approaches guideline implementation from the viewpoint of process innovation assimilation and presents specific recommendations for organizational tactics leading to successful implementation of practice guidelines.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • Guideline Adherence*
  • Health Services Research / organization & administration
  • Hospital Administration / standards*
  • Hospital Administration / trends
  • Humans
  • Organizational Innovation*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • United States