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Int J Health Care Qual Assur. 2012;25(5):387-402.

A critical study of quality parameters in health care establishment: developing an integrated quality model.

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Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India. inboxazam@gmail.com

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this article is to identify and critically analyze healthcare establishment (HCE) quality parameters described in the literature. It aims to propose an integrated quality model that includes technical quality and associated supportive quality parameters to achieve optimum patient satisfaction.

DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH:

The authors use an extensive in-depth healthcare quality literature review, discerning gaps via a critical analysis in relation to their overall impact on patient management, while identifying an integrated quality model acceptable to hospital staff.

FINDINGS:

The article provides insights into contemporary HCE quality parameters by critically analyzing relevant literature. It also evolves and proposes an integrated HCE-quality model.

RESEARCH LIMITATIONS/IMPLICATIONS:

Owing to HCE confidentiality, especially regarding patient data, information cannot be accessed.

PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS:

The integrated quality model parameters have practical utility for healthcare service managers. However, further studies may be required to refine and integrate newer parameters to ensure continuous quality improvement.

ORIGINALITY/VALUE:

This article adds a new perspective to understanding quality parameters and suggests an integrated quality model that has practical value for maintaining HCE service quality to benefit many stakeholders.

PMID:
22946239
DOI:
10.1108/09526861211235892
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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