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Table 2 Criteria for tracer clinical activities

From: PRIME – PRocess modelling in ImpleMEntation research: selecting a theoretical basis for interventions to change clinical practice

1 The tracer activity is easy to define
2 The tracer activity relates to morbidity that is amenable to improvement by medical care
3 There is a sound scientific basis for discriminating between good and less than good performance for the tracer activity
4 The effects of non-medical factors on the tracer activity performance should be adequately understood
5 Each tracer activity should yield data on enough patients for valid statistical analysis
6 Together these activities should span the range of morbidity covered by the health care professional
7 Together these activities should span the range of skills required by the health care professionals
8 Together these activities should span the range of resources specified by the health care professionals