Inviting Everyone Healing Healthcare Through Positive Deviance

ISBN-10: 1453731644
ISBN-13: 9781453731642
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Description: Positive Deviance (PD) is an approach to social change that enables communities and organizations to discover the wisdom they already have, and then to act on it. The premise of PD is that in every community there are certain individuals or groups  More...

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List price: $21.95
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication date: 8/5/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 236
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.55" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Positive Deviance (PD) is an approach to social change that enables communities and organizations to discover the wisdom they already have, and then to act on it. The premise of PD is that in every community there are certain individuals or groups whose uncommon practices or strategies enable them to find better solutions to problems than neighbors and peers who have access to the same resources. PD is led by people in the community who help identify and spread the successful practices. Ideas for change are more likely to be accepted and adopted when they are based on existing local wisdom than they are when outside exports try to impose them. This book tells the remarkable story of how a people-centered approach to organizational and social change, accompanied by sound scientific and technical expertise, yielded positive quality outcomes for ordinary citizens, health care institutions and their patients, and society in general. This work draws upon the collective wisdom and experience of infection control practitioners, doctors, public health authorities, nurses, social and organizational change practitioners, health care administrators, patients and front line workers. Additional benefits of use of the PD process to fight infection turned out to be improved workplace relationships, healthier and more resilient organizational cultures, and expanded networks of people in many fields and geographical locations who shared ideas, resources and the inspiration of their own contributions to saving lives."The Positive Deviance movement is changing the landscape of how we achieve transformation and change in systems." Peter Block, Author, Community: The Structure of Belonging"Inviting Everyone....chronicles the astonishing achievements possible when people truly work together and are aided by pioneering processes like Positive Deviance."Nicholas Wolter, MD, CEO, Billings Clinic

Singhal is a presidential research scholar and professor of interpersonal communications at Ohio University.

Dr. Arvind Singhal is the Samuel Shirley and Edna Holt Marston Endowed Professor of Communication and Director of the Social Justice Initiative in The University of Texas at El Paso's Department of Communication. He is also appointed, since 2009-2010, as the William J. Clinton Distinguished Fellow at the Clinton School of Public Service, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas. Singhal teaches and conducts research in the diffusion of innovations, the Positive Deviance approach, organizing for social change, the entertainment-education strategy, and liberating interactional structures. Singhal is co-author or editor of 12 previous books, including Health Communication in the 21st Century (2014); Inviting Everyone: Healing Healthcare through Positive Deviance (2010); and Protecting Children from Exploitation and Trafficking: Using the Positive Deviance Approach (2009). In addition, Singhal has authored some 175 peer-reviewed essays in journals of communication, public health, and social change and won over two dozen international and national awards. Prucia Buscell is a former newspaper reporter and freelance writer who is now communications director of Plexus Institute. She won several awards for writing public service, investigative and women's interest news stories in New Jersey. In her work at Plexus she has written extensively about complexity science and the use of Positive Deviance in healthcare and organizational change. She coauthored Inviting Everyone: Healing Healthcare through Positive Deviance. Curt Lindberg is Director of the Billings Clinic Partnership for Complex Systems and Healthcare Innovation and Principal in Partners in Complexity. Lindberg earned a doctorate in complexity and organizational change from University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, and studied under Ralph Stacey. Lindberg has played an important role in bringing complexity science concepts into healthcare and written numerous articles and coauthored several books, including Edgeware: Lessons From Complexity Science for Health Care Leaders and On the Edge: Nursing in the Age of Complexity. In 2004 he helped introduce Positive Deviance (PD) into healthcare and subsequently served as Principal Investigator on the first multi-hospital application in the U.S. He has served as an advisor on PD projects in the U.S., Canada and South America on such issues as blood stream infection prevention, palliative care, MRSA prevention, and pain management.

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