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Using Theory to Plan Change

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Course Details

Credit/contact hours: .25
Estimated time to complete: 20 minutes
Publication Date: Oct 20, 2020
Expiration date: Oct 20, 2026
Reviewed: Oct 19, 2023


Change is a constant in healthcare today. Treatments improve, new drugs are discovered, new techniques are developed, and new challenges arise. Change can be frightening and we may try to hold on to the status quo to avoid fear of the unknown. Change theories can help those of us who must implement change into a health system combat the resistance that often accompanies change. This module explains the two major change theories that can be used to implement change in a health system.

Note: This course is eligible for ACPE credit.

You Will Learn

  • Describe the use of theory in planning for change
  • Review Lewin’s change theory
  • Define Kotter’s 8-Step Change Process
  • Use Kotter’s theory to identify steps in a specified change

Method and medium:

Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again, if a question is answered incorrectly.The course will open in a new tab - to exit the course, simply close the tab.

Bonnie M. Jerome-D’Emilia, PhD, MPH, RN

Bonnie M. Jerome-D’Emilia,PhD, MPH, RN, is Program Director, RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, Center of Academic Excellence – Division of Baccalaureate Nursing Practice at Rutgers School of Nursing.

DISCLOSURE: This individual reports no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.

John D. Voss, MD

John D. Voss, MD, is in the Division of General Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Care at the University of Virginia.

DISCLOSURE: This individual reports no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.

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