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Table 1 Definition: Context, Mechanism, Outcome Configuration (CMOC)

From: Application of the critical incident technique in refining a realist initial programme theory

Context (C)The conditions in which the programme/intervention is introduced - the enablers/ facilitators/ detractors of team interventions
Mechanism (M)The process of how the participant interprets and acts upon the intervention stratagem.
How any one of the components of a team intervention brings about change.
How the resources on offer permeate into the reasoning of team participants.
Outcome (O)The intended and un-intended consequences of team interventions. Because of the variation in context and mechanisms, there are likely to be different outcomes from teamwork.
Configuration (CMOC)The patterns and variations in patterns of teamwork.