The impact of implementing a person-centred pain management intervention on resistance to change and organizational culture
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2021

Background: Resistance to change and organizational culture are essential factors to consider in change management in health care settings. Implementation of structural change remains a challenge. There is a lack of studies providing information on the impact of implementation processes on the organization. The aim of this study was to describe the impact of implementing a systematic change process concerning postoperative person-centred pain management on resistance to change and organizational culture in an orthopaedic spine surgery unit. Methods: The study was set in an orthopaedic spine surgery unit at a university hospital. Person-centred bundles of care for postoperative pain management of spine surgery patients were developed in co-creation by a multi-professional expert group and implemented throughout the care pathway. The intervention was underpinned by theories on organizational culture and inspired by principles of person-centred care. Quantitative data were collected using the Resistance to Change Scale and the Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument and analysed using descriptive statistics. Results: The findings showed a low resistance to change decreasing during the study. The organizational culture shifted from a result-oriented to a formalized and structured culture after the implementation. The culture preferred by the staff was team-oriented and participation-focused throughout the study. The discrepancy between the current and preferred cultures remained extensive over time. Conclusion: It is challenging to describe the influence of the development and implementation of a postoperative pain management program on organizational culture as well as in terms of resistance to change, in a complex health care setting. In the current study the unit was under organizational strain during the implementation. Albeit, the important discrepancy between the current and preferred organizational culture could imply that structural changes aren’t enough when implementing person-centred pain management structures and needs to be combined with relational aspects of change.



Spine surgery

Resistance to change

Person-centred care

Organizational culture


Eva Angelini

Göteborgs universitet

Sahlgrenska universitetssjukhuset

Axel Wolf

Göteborgs universitet

Helle Wijk

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Byggnadsdesign

Göteborgs universitet

Sahlgrenska universitetssjukhuset

H. Brisby

Göteborgs universitet

Sahlgrenska universitetssjukhuset

Adad Baranto

Sahlgrenska universitetssjukhuset

Göteborgs universitet

BMC Health Services Research

1472-6963 (ISSN)

Vol. 21 1 1323


Hälso- och sjukvårdsorganisation, hälsopolitik och hälsoekonomi







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