Analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the network form of organization of traumatic brain injury service delivery systems

Authors: Lamontagne, Marie-Eve; Swaine, Bonnie Ruth; Lavoie, AndréCareau, Emmanuelle
Abstract: Networks are an increasingly popular way to deal with the lack of integration of traumatic brain injury (TBI) care. Knowledge of the stakes of the network form of organization is critical in deciding whether or not to implement a TBI network to improve the continuity of TBI care. Goals of the study: To report the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of a TBI network and to consider these elements in a discussion about whether networks are a suitable solution to fragmented TBI care. Methods: In-depth interviews with 12 representatives of network organization members. Interviews were qualitatively analyzed using the EGIPSS model of performance. Results : The majority of elements reported were related to the network's adaptation to its environment and more precisely to its capacity to acquire resources. The issue of value maintenance also received considerable attention from participants. Discussion : The network form of organization seems particularly sensitive to environmental issues, such as resource acquisition and legitimacy. The authors suggest that the network form of organization is a suitable way to increase the continuity of TBI care if the following criteria are met: (1) expectations toward network effectiveness to increase continuity of care are moderate and realistic; (2) sufficient resources are devoted to the design, implementation, and maintenance of the network; (3) a network's existence and actions are deemed legitimate by community and organization member partners; and (4) there is a good collaborative climate between the organizations.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 22 September 2011
Open Access Date: Restricted access
Document version: VoR
This document was published in: Brain injury, Vol.25 (12), 1188-1197(2011)
Taylor & Francis
Alternative version: 10.3109/02699052.2011.608211
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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