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Table 2 Data collection methods for case studies

From: Study protocol: DEcisions in health Care to Introduce or Diffuse innovations using Evidence (DECIDE)

Innovation case study Interviews Observations Documentary analysis
1. Reconfiguring stroke services Up to 25, including commissioners and providers of services in GM and other areas considering reconfiguration Up to 20 h, including planning meetings at Trust level, commissioner and provider meetings, and other relevant decision-making authorities Up to 100 documents, including meeting minutes, published research, grey literature, local data
2. National guidance for referral for suspected cancer Up to 25 across two local health economies, including GP practices, clinical networks, and third sector Up to 40 h, including commissioning meetings, GP training events, service planning meetings Up to 50 documents, including guidelines, local service planning
3. New virtual clinics within extended network of eye services Up to 25, including Trust board members, those leading innovation, and staff involved in implementation Up to 40 h, including board meetings; innovation planning meetings, e.g. steering group; local planning in satellite sites; and shadowing key staff Up to 50 documents, including meeting minutes, published research, grey literature, local data
Total 75 interviews 100 h 200 documents