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Subject:

Re: Realist Evaluation of Hospital Length of Stay

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Trisha Greenhalgh <[log in to unmask]>

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Realist and Meta-narrative Evidence Synthesis: Evolving Standards" <[log in to unmask]>, Trisha Greenhalgh <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 14 Mar 2013 09:48:07 +0000

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My advice to Paul: redraft your research Q without using the word
'factor'. This will help you enter realism-land.

Prof Trisha Greenhalgh
Global Health, Policy and Innovation Unit
Centre for Primary Care and Public Health
Blizard Institute
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Yvonne Carter Building
58 Turner Street
London E1 2AB
t : 020 7882 7325 (PA) or 7326 (dir line)
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Twitter @trishgreenhalgh







On 14/03/2013 09:37, "Gill Westhorp" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Hi Paul
>I think there are quite a few PhDs that have used a realist approach now,
>so they might prove a rich source...
>Cheers
>Gill
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Realist and Meta-narrative Evidence Synthesis: Evolving Standards
>[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Paul Griffiths
>Sent: Thursday, 14 March 2013 7:42 PM
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Realist Evaluation of Hospital Length of Stay
>
>Hi all,
>
>I am aware that this mail group is more about realist synthesis than
>realist evaluation, but I thought I would post in the hope that someone
>may be able to help!
>
>For my PhD I am planning to undertake a realist evaluation of length of
>stay in hospital for elective patients having a joint replacement
>procedure - the basic question I am asking is: 'What are the key factors
>that influence length of stay for elective patients in NHS hospitals'. As
>I am sure people are aware achieving optimum length of stay for patients
>is often viewed as a positive outcome to enable both effective and
>efficient care delivery - so I am planning to research how initiatives to
>reduce length of stay work (or don't work) and why.
>
>I am in the process of developing my detailed research protocol to
>explain what I will be doing and why with the relevant ethical
>considerations etc...
>
>I would be very grateful if anyone can point me to any realist evaluation
>protocols that would may be helpful as I develop mine, as this is a first
>for me!
>
>Any help, comments, thoughts are gratefully received! Thanks, Paul

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