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Int J Health Policy Manag. 2013 Nov 23;1(4):295-9. doi: 10.15171/ijhpm.2013.59. eCollection 2013 Nov.

Senior managers' viewpoints toward challenges of implementing clinical governance: a national study in iran.

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Health Management and Economics Research Center, School of Health Management and Information Sciences, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Department of Hospital Management, Clinical Governance Office, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Tehran, Iran.
Department of Community Medicine, Shahid Beheshti Medical University, Tehran, Iran.
Department of Management and Health Economics, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.



Quality improvement should be assigned as the main mission for healthcare providers. Clinical Governance (CG) is used not only as a strategy focusing on responding to public and government's intolerance of poor healthcare standards, but also it is implemented for quality improvement in a number of countries. This study aims to identify the key contributing factors in the implementation process of CG from the viewpoints of senior managers in curative deputies of Medical Universities in Iran.


A quantitative method was applied via a questionnaire distributed to 43 senior managers in curative deputies of Iran Universities of Medical Sciences. Data were analyzed using SPSS.


Analysis revealed that a number of items were important in the successful implementation of CG from the senior managers' viewpoints. These items included: knowledge and attitude toward CG, supportive culture, effective communication, teamwork, organizational commitment, and the support given by top managers. Medical staff engagement in CG implementation process, presence of an official position for CG officers, adequate resources, and legal challenges were also regarded as important factors in the implementation process.


Knowledge about CG, organizational culture, managerial support, ability to communicate goals and strategies, and the presence of effective structures to support CG, were all related to senior managers' attitude toward CG and ultimately affected the success of quality improvement activities.


Attitude; Clinical Governance; Quality; Senior Managers; Viewpoints

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