Journal article

Determinants of successful clinical networks: the conceptual framework and study protocol

Mary Haines, Bernadette Brown, Jonathan Craig, Catherine D'Este, Elizabeth Elliott, Emily Klineberg, Elizabeth McInnes, Sandy Middleton, Christine Paul, Sally Redman, Elizabeth M Yano



BACKGROUND: Clinical networks are increasingly being viewed as an important strategy for increasing evidence-based practice and improving models of care, but success is variable and characteristics of networks with high impact are uncertain. This study takes advantage of the variability in the functioning and outcomes of networks supported by the Australian New South Wales (NSW) Agency for Clinical Innovation's non-mandatory model of clinical networks to investigate the factors that contribute to the success of clinical networks. METHODS/DESIGN: The objective of this retrospective study is to examine the association between external support, organisational and program factors, and indicators..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

This research is supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia through their partnership project grant scheme (ID: 571447). This protocol has been approved by the University of Sydney, Human Research Ethics Committee in August 2011 (ID: 13988).Hunter Watt and Kate Needham, who are part of the 'Clinical Networks Research Group', are employed by the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation. This Agency has provided funds to support this research as part of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia's (NHMRC) partnership project grant scheme. These funds have been awarded on the basis of a NHMRC deed of agreement governing the governance and conduct of research in Australia. The other authors declare that they have no competing interests.