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Table 1 Predetermined factors and associated domains used in round 1 of the modified Delphi survey

From: Implementation of government-directed policy in the hospital setting: a modified Delphi study

Policy characteristics
 Perception of the quality and validity of the evidence
 Policy content and requirements/actions
 Valid and reliable evidence for policy requirements/actions
 Cost of implementation
Outer setting
 External systems and infrastructure
 Alignment with national/corporate goals
 Regulatory mechanisms (e.g. accreditation, financial penalties)
Inner setting
 Internal systems and infrastructure
 Established roles and responsibilities
 Internal relationships
 Organisational lines of accountability
 Methods for monitoring and reporting policy implementation outcomes
 Organisational stability
 Organisational goal setting
 Resources and tools
 Integration of policy requirements into current practice
Implementation process
 Resourcing and preparedness
 Development of implementation plan
 Establishment of capacity in implementation planning