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Bundled Interventions

  • By: Marian Huhman
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

A bundled intervention is a group of evidence-based elements put together into a package that when implemented together produces better outcomes than when the elements are delivered separately. The concept appears in the literature across a range of health care environments, especially in medical care involving specific treatment protocols, but also in behavior change treatment programs and in health communication. Models of care delivery are also using the bundling concept for payment approaches.

The notion of bundled interventions was introduced in medical settings in 2001 by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). As specified by the IHI, a bundle should consist of a few elements, about three to five. Many of the bundled interventions in clinical care are aimed at the prevention of hospital-acquired infections such ...

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