Rejection of an innovation: health information management training materials in east Africa

Gladwin, J; Dixon, RA; Wilson, TD; (2002) Rejection of an innovation: health information management training materials in east Africa. Health policy and planning, 17 (4). pp. 354-61. ISSN 0268-1080 DOI:

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A shift towards decentralization in many low-income countries has meant more skills are demanded of primary health care managers, including data and information handling at all levels of the health care system. Ministries of Health are changing their central reporting health information systems to health management information systems with emphasis on managers utilizing information at the point of collection. This paper reports on a research study to investigate the introduction of new information management strategies intended to promote an informational approach to management at the operational health service level in low-income countries. It aims to understand the process taking place when externally developed training materials (PHC MAP), which are intended to strengthen health management information systems, are introduced to potential users in an east African country. A case study has been undertaken and this research has demonstrated that the dynamic equilibrium approach to organizational change is applicable to the introduction of new information management strategies and management approaches in low-income countries. Although PHC MAP developers envisaged a technical innovation needing implementation, potential users saw the situation as one of organizational change. Contributions to theory have been made and many implications for introducing new information systems or the informational approach to management are identified. This theoretical framework could also facilitate the introduction of future information management innovations and would allow practitioners to perceive the introduction of information management innovations as one of organizational change that needs to be managed. Consequently, issues that may facilitate or inhibit adoption could be identified in advance.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Administrative Personnel/*education, Africa, Eastern, Ambulatory Care Information Systems/*organization & administration, Developing Countries, Diffusion of Innovation, Health Services Research, Human, Information Management/*education, Organizational Case Studies, Organizational Innovation, Politics, Poverty, Primary Health Care/*organization & administration, Support, Non-U.S. Gov't, Teaching/*methods, Teaching Materials
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Health Services Research and Policy
PubMed ID: 12424207
Web of Science ID: 179252900003


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