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Healthcare accreditation systems: Further perspectives on performance measures

Jaafaripooyan, Ebrahim and Agrizzi, Dila and Akbari-Haghighi, Faizollah (2011) 'Healthcare accreditation systems: Further perspectives on performance measures.' International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 23 (6). 645 - 656. ISSN 1353-4505

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Abstract

Objective: The purpose of this paper is to identify and suggest a number of performance measures to facilitate the evaluation of accreditation programs in healthcare. Methods: The paper is based on an exploratory research which has used qualitative methods, including snowball sampling technique, email interview and thematic content analysis. Participants: Respondents (experts and professionals) were selected from a diverse spectrum ranging from healthcare organizations, universities and accreditation-associated institutions. Results: The analysis of the data provided key measures to be considered in the evaluation of accreditation programs' impact at macro and micro levels as well as their nature and operations. The measures can be used to, for example, assess the degree of stakeholders' reliance on accreditation results, measure the cost of accreditation for participating organizations and serve as a formal mechanism for accredited organizations to appeal accreditation decisions. Conclusions: This paper has brought together a number of generic, yet influential and workable, measures which could be utilized for assessing the overall performance of an accreditation program in healthcare. The application of these measures depends on the features of given accreditation program and the context in which the program operates. Therefore, the next step/steps in the assessment of an accreditation program might be choosing the measures suiting that program. © The Author 2011. Published by Oxford University Press in association with the International Society for Quality in Health Care; all rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Essex Accounting Centre
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2020 09:37
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2020 09:37
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/26604

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