The Politics of Information and Communication Technology Diffusion: A Case Study in a UK Primary Health Care Trust

  • David W. Wainwright
  • Teresa S. Waring
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 206)


This paper investigates the politics of ICT diffusion and presents the findings from a pilot study conducted across general medical practices based within a Primary Care Trust in the North East of England. An overview is provided of the macro level politics of ICT adoption in a UK primary health care and the applicability of diffusion of innovation research within the healthcare context. A research approach, based on phenomenology, semi-structured interviews, and template analysis is adopted in the study in order to conduct and provide a rich analysis of the data. The findings are discussed using a modified diffusion of innovation framework. Conclusions highlight how ICT innovation is politically constrained, perceived, and motivated within primary healthcare environments and how in this case it might influence organizational resilience.


Diffusion of innovation ICT primary health care general medical practice template analysis organization resilience 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David W. Wainwright
    • 1
  • Teresa S. Waring
    • 2
  1. 1.University of NorthumbriaNewcastle upon TyneUK
  2. 2.University of SunderlandSunderlandUK

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