Intervention: Clinical

The definitions published from the QUERI Glossary in Implementation Science do not include a foundational definition for Intervention.

However, Rabin and colleagues define clinical intervention as:

The form in which an innovation is intended to be introduced into an organization. Interventions can include programs, practices, policies, technologies, and guidelines [1]
The QUERI Glossary defines Clinical Best Practice Intervention: [2]

The specific, evidence-based clinical/therapeutic practice or delivery system/organizational arrangement to be implemented to improve clinical outcomes, and for which current adherence and quality/ performance are inadequate.

Examples are a new drug, behavioral intervention or a new clinical role or delivery system arrangement such as case management or the chronic care model.


  1. Rabin BA, Brownson RC, Haire-Joshu D, Kreuter MW, Weaver NL: A glossary for dissemination and implementation research in health. J Public Health Manag Pract 2008, 14:117-123.
  2. Stetler, C., Mittman, B. S., & Francis, J. Overview of the VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) and QUERI theme articles: QUERI Series. Implement Sci 2008, 3(1), 8.