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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 74-80

The attitude of health care professionals towards accreditation: A systematic review of the literature


1 Department of Family Medicine and Polyclinic, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Saudi Arabia
2 European Society for Quality in Healthcare, Limerick, Ireland

Correspondence Address:
Abdullah Alkhenizan
Al Faisal University, Department of Family Medicine and Polyclinic, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2230-8229.98281

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Accreditation is usually a voluntary program, in which authorized external peer reviewers evaluate the compliance of a health care organization with pre-established performance standards. The aim of this study was to systematically review the literature of the attitude of health care professionals towards professional accreditation. A systematic search of four databases including Medline, Embase, Healthstar, and Cinhal presented seventeen studies that had evaluated the attitudes of health care professionals towards accreditation. Health care professionals had a skeptical attitude towards accreditation. Owners of hospitals indicated that accreditation had the potential of being used as a marketing tool. Health care professionals viewed accreditation programs as bureaucratic and demanding. There was consistent concern, especially in developing countries, about the cost of accreditation programs and their impact on the quality of health care services.


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