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A multilevel neo-institutional analysis of infection prevention and control in English hospitals: coerced safety culture change?

Kyratsis, Y. ORCID: 0000-0002-5185-7413, Ahmad, R., Iwami, M., Castro-Sanchez, E., Atun, R. A. and Holmes, A. H. (2019). A multilevel neo-institutional analysis of infection prevention and control in English hospitals: coerced safety culture change?. Sociology of Health and Illness, doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.12897

Abstract

Despite committed policy, regulative and professional efforts on healthcare safety, little is known about how such macro-interventions permeate organisations and shape culture over time. Informed by neo-institutional theory, we examined how inter-organisational influences shaped safety practices and inter-subjective meanings following efforts for coerced culture change. We traced macro-influences from 2000 to 2015 in infection prevention and control (IPC). Safety perceptions and meanings were inductively analysed from 130 in-depth qualitative interviews with senior- and middle-level managers from 30 English hospitals. A total of 869 institutional interventions were identified; 69% had a regulative component. In this context of forced implementation of safety practices, staff experienced inherent tensions concerning the scope of safety, their ability to be open and prioritisation of external mandates over local need. These tensions stemmed from conflicts among three co-existing institutional logics prevalent in the NHS. In response to requests for change, staff flexibly drew from a repertoire of cognitive, material and symbolic resources within and outside their organisations. They crafted 'strategies of action', guided by a situated assessment of first-hand practice experiences complementing collective evaluations of interventions such as 'pragmatic', 'sensible' and also 'legitimate'. Macro-institutional forces exerted influence either directly on individuals or indirectly by enriching the organisational cultural repertoire.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Kyratsis, Y. , Ahmad, R. , Iwami, M. , Castro‐Sánchez, E. , Atun, R. and Holmes, A. H. (2019), A multilevel neo‐institutional analysis of infection prevention and control in English hospitals: coerced safety culture change?. Sociol Health Illn., which has been published in final form at https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12897. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions
Publisher Keywords: Safety culture; neo-institutional theory; infection prevention and control; patient safety
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/22036
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