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Int J Qual Health Care. 2008 Jun;20(3):172-83. doi: 10.1093/intqhc/mzn005. Epub 2008 Mar 13.

Health sector accreditation research: a systematic review.

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  • 1Centre for Clinical Governance Research in Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia. d.greenfield@unsw.edu.au

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this study was to identify and analyze research into accreditation and accreditation processes.

DATA SOURCES:

A multi-method, systematic review of the accreditation literature was conducted from March to May 2007. The search identified articles researching accreditation. Discussion or commentary pieces were excluded.

STUDY SELECTION:

From the initial identification of over 3000 abstracts, 66 studies that met the search criteria by empirically examining accreditation were selected. DATA EXTRACTION AND RESULTS OF DATA SYNTHESIS: The 66 studies were retrieved and analyzed. The results, examining the impact or effectiveness of accreditation, were classified into 10 categories: professions' attitudes to accreditation, promote change, organizational impact, financial impact, quality measures, program assessment, consumer views or patient satisfaction, public disclosure, professional development and surveyor issues.

RESULTS:

The analysis reveals a complex picture. In two categories consistent findings were recorded: promote change and professional development. Inconsistent findings were identified in five categories: professions' attitudes to accreditation, organizational impact, financial impact, quality measures and program assessment. The remaining three categories-consumer views or patient satisfaction, public disclosure and surveyor issues-did not have sufficient studies to draw any conclusion. The search identified a number of national health care accreditation organizations engaged in research activities.

CONCLUSION:

The health care accreditation industry appears to be purposefully moving towards constructing the evidence to ground our understanding of accreditation.

PMID:
18339666
DOI:
10.1093/intqhc/mzn005
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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