Innovation spread: lessons from HIV

by Kristina Talbert-Slagle, David Berg and Elizabeth H. Bradley
Int J Qual Health Care (2013) 25 (4): 352-356; Advance Access Publication: 21 May 2013

5 pp. 127 kB:
http://intqhc.oxfordjournals.org/content/25/4/352.full.pdf+html

Efficient spreading of evidence-based innovations among complex health systems remains an elusive goal despite extensive study in the social sciences. Biology provides a model of successful spread in viruses, which have evolved to spread with maximum efficiency using minimal resources. The authors suggest that by looking to the biological sciences for a model of spread that has been honed by evolution, they may have identified fundamental steps that are necessary and sufficient for efficient, low-cost spread of health innovations among complex health systems.

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