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Table 1 Perceived characteristics of innovations and their definitions (according to Rogers, 2003)

From: Diffusion of a collaborative care model in primary care: a longitudinal qualitative study

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
  1. 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.
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