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A questionnaire measuring staff perceptions of Lean adoption in healthcare: development and psychometric testing
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences, Occupational health science. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2211-620X
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management, Industrial economics. University of Gävle, Center for Logistics and Innovative Production.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8238-034X
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences, Occupational health science. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1443-6211
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Caring science. Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden; Nursing Department, Medicine and Health College, Lishui University, Lishui Shi, China.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9912-5350
2017 (English)In: BMC Health Services Research, ISSN 1472-6963, E-ISSN 1472-6963, Vol. 17, no 1, article id 235Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND:

During the past decade, the concept of Lean has spread rapidly within the healthcare sector, but there is a lack of instruments that can measure staff's perceptions of Lean adoption. Thus, the aim of the present study was to develop a questionnaire measuring Lean in healthcare, based on Liker's description of Lean, by adapting an existing instrument developed for the service sector.

METHODS:

A mixed-method design was used. Initially, items from the service sector instrument were categorized according to Liker's 14 principles describing Lean within four domains: philosophy, processes, people and partners and problem-solving. Items were lacking for three of Liker's principles and were therefore developed de novo. Think-aloud interviews were conducted with 12 healthcare staff from different professions to contextualize and examine the face validity of the questionnaire prototype. Thereafter, the adjusted questionnaire's psychometric properties were assessed on the basis of a cross-sectional survey among 386 staff working in primary care.

RESULTS:

The think-aloud interviews led to adjustments in the questionnaire to better suit a healthcare context, and the number of items was reduced. Confirmatory factor analysis of the adjusted questionnaire showed a generally acceptable correspondence with Liker's description of Lean. Internal consistency, measured using Cronbach's alpha, for the factors in Liker's description of Lean was 0.60 for the factor people and partners, and over 0.70 for the three other factors. Test-retest reliability measured by the intra-class correlation coefficient ranged from 0.77 to 0.88 for the four factors.

CONCLUSIONS:

We designed a questionnaire capturing staff's perceptions of Lean adoption in healthcare on the basis of Liker's description. This Lean in Healthcare Questionnaire (LiHcQ) showed generally acceptable psychometric properties, which supports its usability for measuring Lean adoption in healthcare. We suggest that further research focus on verifying the usability of LiHcQ in other healthcare settings, and on adjusting the instrument if needed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. Vol. 17, no 1, article id 235
Keywords [en]
service sector, health care sector, Lean maturity, instrument development, survey
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Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-22027DOI: 10.1186/s12913-017-2163-xISI: 000397166800002PubMedID: 28340573Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85016132981OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-22027DiVA, id: diva2:944876
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LeanAvailable from: 2016-06-30 Created: 2016-06-30 Last updated: 2019-12-19Bibliographically approved
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1. A staff perspective on Lean maturity, well-being, and quality in primary care
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A staff perspective on Lean maturity, well-being, and quality in primary care
2020 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Background: Lean is commonly implemented in healthcare but it is unclear how much of Lean is adopted and whether Lean is associated with staff’s well-being and quality of care.

Aim: To describe staff perception of Lean maturity in primary care, and to determine to what extent staff-rated Lean maturity is associated with staff rated thriving, exhaustion, and musculoskeletal complaints, as well as staff rated quality of care.

Method: Survey data were collected in 2015 (n=481 staff) and 2016 (n=351 staff) at 48 primary care units; they were analyzed using confirmatory factor analysis (Paper I), and multiple regression analysis, taking nesting within units into account when possible (Paper II-IV). Interviews (n=12 staff) and observations (n=28 staff) were analyzed deductively.

Results: The developed Lean in Healthcare Questionnaire, based on Liker’sdescription of Lean, generally showed acceptable psychometric properties (Paper I). Lean maturity varied within and between units. The highest maturity concerned staff adherence to routines, and the lowest concerned having a change agent at the unit (Paper II). Lean maturity was positively associated with staff satisfaction with care, both cross-sectionally (Paper II) and, mediated by increased resources, in a longitudinal analysis (Paper IV). The 12-month prevalence of musculoskeletal complaints in the shoulders, neck, and low back was 50-58%, and the 7-day prevalence 25-37% (PaperIII). Lean maturity was not associated with musculoskeletal complaints (PaperIII). Increased Lean maturity was, however, associated with increased thriving, mediated by increased job resources, as well as with decreased exhaustion, mediated by decreased job demands (Paper IV).

Conclusion: Lean maturity varied in primary care. It was positively associated with staff-rated quality of care and thriving, and negatively associated with exhaustion. Musculoskeletal complaints were common, but not associatedwith Lean maturity.

Abstract [sv]

Bakgrund: Lean i hälso-och sjukvården är vanligt. Det är dock oklart i vilken utsträckning Lean har implementerats och om det finns samband mellan Lean och välbefinnande.

Syfte: Att beskriva hur personal uppfattar mognaden av Lean inom primärvården, samt att påvisa i vilken utsträckning det finns ett samband mellan medarbetarnas skattning av mognad av Lean och deras skattning av thriving, utmattning och muskuloskeletala besvär, samt deras skattning av vårdkvalitet i primärvården.

Metod: Enkätdata samlades in 2015 (n=481 medarbetare) och 2016 (n=351 medarbetare) vid 48 primärvårdsenheter, som analyserades med konfirmatorisk faktoranalys (delstudie I) och multipel regressionsanalys (delstudie II-IV). Intervjuer (n=12 medarbetare) och observationer (n=28 medarbetare) analyserade deduktivt.

Resultat: Lean in Healthcare Questionnaire utvecklades, baserat på Liker’s beskrivning av Lean (delstudie I). Mognaden av Lean varierade, högst mognad rörde efterlevnad av rutiner, lägst mognad rörde att ha en person på enheten som ansvarade för Lean implementeringen (delstudie II). Positiva samband sågs mellan mognad av Lean och medarbetares tillfredställelse med den vård de givit, i tvärsnitts- (delstudie II) samt longitudinell data (medierat av ökade resurser) (delstudie IV). Muskuloskeletala besvär från skuldror, nacke och ländrygg de senaste 12 månaderna uppgavs av 50-58%, besvär de senaste 7 dagarna uppgavs av 25-37% (delstudie III). Inget samband sågs mellan mognad av Lean och muskuloskeletala besvär (delstudie III). Samband sågs mellan ökad mognad av Lean och ökad thriving medierat av ökade resurser, samt minskad utmattning, medierat av minskade krav (delstudie IV).

Slutsats: Mognaden av Lean varierade inom primärvården. Positiva samband framkom mellan mognad av Lean och medarbetarnas skattning av vårdkvalitet och thriving. Sambandet till utmattning var negativt och inga samband framkom rörande muskuloskeletala besvär. Men att ha muskuloskeletala besvär var vanligt.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Gävle: Gävle University Press, 2020. p. 58
Series
Doctoral thesis ; 12
Keywords
LiHcQ, CFA, GEE, musculoskeletal, MSD, thriving, exhaustion, quality, longitudinal, mixed-methods, LiHcQ, KFA, GEE, muskuloskeletal, MSB, thriving, utmattning, vårdkvalitet, longitudinell, mixad metod
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Health-Promoting Work
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urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-31086 (URN)9789188145406 (ISBN)9789188145413 (ISBN)
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2020-02-27, Stora Jadwigasalen, Kungsbäcksvägen 47, Gävle, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2020-02-04 Created: 2019-12-19 Last updated: 2020-04-02Bibliographically approved

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