Leveraging the full value and impact of accreditation

Abstract

Providing high quality and safe patient care is a challenge in the current rapidly changing and complex health care environment.

A variety of independent tools and methodologies contribute to this effort, e.g. regulatory requirements, quality improvement tools and accreditation methodologies.

A concern is that each alone will not achieve the tipping point in health care quality that is required.

This paper suggests that the methodology and application of accreditation has the potential to be the force to bring these approaches into alignment and ultimately measurably improve the quality of care.

Introduction

Health care services accreditation is a quality improvement and external evaluation methodology that has been widely implemented in over 70 countries.

Over the years, the accreditation methodology has been widely studied in efforts to understand and document its value and impact on the quality and safety of healthcare organisations and person-centered care.

Studies have shown accreditation to be positively associated with the establishment of organisational structures and processes, the promotion of quality and safety cultures, improvements in patient care and professional development amongst other key benefits.

It is, however, also widely recognised that, due to the complexity and multi-factorial nature of health care quality, further evaluation is required to fully measure how the impact of accreditation can be optimised.

Read the full perspective online in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care.

Read the full perspective online in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care.Wendy Nicklin, Triona Fortune, Paul van Ostenberg, Elaine O'Connor, Nicola McCauley; Leveraging the full value and impact of accreditation. Int J Qual Health Care 2017; 29 (2): 310-312. doi: 10.1093/intqhc/mzx010

 

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