Table 3

Hypotheses linked to chains of inference
Hypotheses Chain of Inference (theory level) Chain of inference (sub-theory level) Themes from the literature Papers addressing the theme
An opinion leader and his/her personal characteristics are dependent on contextual factors in order to have an impact on E-IHC.A facilitator and his/her personal characteristics are dependent on contextual factors in order to have an impact on E-IHC. The nature of the relationship between the change agent’s personal characteristics, the role adopted, and contextual influences and the impact of E-IHC. Roles Personal Characteristics Contextual Factors Opinion Leader (OL) Facilitator (FAC) Change agent (CA) Papers with mixed and positive effects, only: 6 OL (Wright, Chaillet, Curran, Moore, Davies, Majumdar) Six FAC (internal/external and external facilitators included), (Stetler, Cranney, Gerrish, Milner, Thomas, Hutt) Total 18 CA papers, 12 OL and FAC

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