Nowadays, accreditation is acknowledged as a process designed to improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of a healthcare institution’s structures, processes and outcomes.
The identified benefits of accreditation are often viewed as:
- Enhancing patient safety by effectively managing and mitigating clinical and safety related risks.
- Ensuring an acceptable level of quality among healthcare providers.
- Stimulating sustainable quality improvement (QI) and continuously raising the QI initiatives’ bar.
- Enhancing institutions’ understanding of the continuum of care by focusing on performance improvement.
- Polishing the reputation amongst end-users and enhancing their awareness and perception of quality care and boosting healthcare facilities’ competitiveness edge.
- Promoting capacity-building and institutional learning.
- Providing a framework that assists in the creation and implementation of systems and processes that improve operational effectiveness and enhance positive health outcomes.