Adam J. Rose M.D., M.Sc., F.A.C.P., Megan B. McCullough Ph.D.
To provide practical tips for health services researchers considering the use of positive deviance () methods to help explain variations in quality of care or other meaningful parameters.
Published literature and personal experience.
This review includes a discussion of possible applications of to health services research, some methodological choices applicable to , and some brief tips regarding publishing the results and incorporating them into future interventions.
It is hoped that this article will help health services researchers to use this valuable research method more effectively, especially those who have not done so before.