Journal Article

Using learning communities to support adoption of health care innovations.

Carpenter C; Hassell S; Mardon R; Fair S; Johnson M Jr; Siegel S; Nix M.

The health care environment is known to struggle with spreading innovations. This commentary discusses a 2-year Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality learning community initiative. The learning communities focused on patient-centered care, improving medication therapy for distinct populations, and reducing inappropriate use of emergency services. The authors reveal the strategies the program used to disseminate the learnings and help organizations adapt them for local use.