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Health sector accreditation research: a systematic review


Greenfield, D and Braithwaite, J, Health sector accreditation research: a systematic review, International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 20, (3) pp. 172-183. ISSN 1353-4505 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright The Author 2008. Published by Oxford University Press in association with the International Society for Quality in Health Care; all rights reserved

DOI: doi:10.1093/intqhc/mzn005


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 categoriesóconsumer views or patient satisfaction, public disclosure and surveyor issuesódid 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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:healthcare, accreditation, literature review
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Other Medical and Health Sciences
Research Field:Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Greenfield, D (Professor David Greenfield)
ID Code:113619
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:232
Deposited By:College Office - CBE
Deposited On:2017-01-09
Last Modified:2017-05-23

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