Table 1

Perceived characteristics of innovations and their definitions (according to Rogers, 2003)
Concept Definition
Observability The degree to which the results of an innovation are visible* to others
Trialability The degree to which an innovation may be experimented with on a limited basis
Simplicity The degree to which an innovation is perceived as not difficult to understand and use
Compatibility The degree to which an innovation is perceived as being consistent with the existing values, past experiences and needs of potential adopters
Relative advantage The degree to which an innovation is perceived as better than the idea it supersedes

Note:* In the case of a model of care that is an untangible innovation, we used the following definition: The degree to which the results of an innovation are understandable to individuals or known by the community.

Vedel et al.

Vedel et al. BMC Family Practice 2013 14:3   doi:10.1186/1471-2296-14-3

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