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Week 5 DQ 2 Accreditation

Accreditation is a formal process wherein a health care organization is deemed credible by an external organization. Standards of practice are sed to assess the credibility.

According to Sollecito ! "ohnson #2$%&'( health care professionals( )ha*e been known to be skeptical abo t the p rpose( *al e( and benefits +of accreditation,-. After

completing the week.s reading( answer the following / estions0


1n yo r opinion( why are some health care professionals

skeptical abo t the accreditation process2 3xplain yo r answer.


What role( if any( does professional certification play in the

accreditation of an organization2


4ow co ld yo

describe the role that accreditation plays in

contin o s / ality impro*ement to increase b y5in for the process from members of the health care team2

I think that professionals in healthcare sector do not really like the accreditation process simply because it is human nature not be judged by

others looking at them. Sollecito, W.A. & Johnson, J. K. page ! states that indi"idual healthcare professionals as #ell as the organi$ations are connected together and their beha"iour is e"aluated by independent authorities through different processes like the accreditation or indicators like %uality and standards. It is something like staying behind their title they o#n.

I find it tricky to e&plain the role of professional certification in the process of accreditation. I am saying this because I ha"e seen that there are some positions that do not need any certification of accreditation. So an organi$ation may be accredited but not all the staff. It is something like the shampoo girl at a licensed salon. 'he girl may not be licensed though. 'here are cases of people ha"ing graduation degrees but the institution may not be accredited. 'here are different situations. (or e&amples, #e may see some schools making the course shorter by )*+. It is a %uestion ho# these schools are taken at a similar le"el #ith other ones. I think that accreditation can play a "ery important role in boosting buy,in to impro"e %uality process in debatable cases of %uality impro"ement of healthcare teams. We may notice that most institutes #ith accreditation are really prosperous in financial terms. It is natural that secured and happy employees #ould #ork better than others. -oreo"er, #hen the healthcare organi$ation can spend more money, it can get ne# technology and e%uipments. 'he accreditation rally moti"ates the organi$ation to run smoothly.

I do not think that shortening medical school course by )* percent is no good idea as I think that helpful accreditation can be achie"ed through hard labor. I do not think someone la$y in the #ork or study can do much e"en there is training. 'he doctors #ho ha"e #orked hard to learn #ill al#ays do better. I think that it is "ery important issue that some school are gi"ing less training and so the people coming out of those schools are not ha"ing enough training for accreditation. 'his is not fair in any #ay. It is difficult to make judgements by making score for these schools and others. According to .manuel, .., & (uchs, /., though medical schools added years through slo# increase, some are lessening the training time in many different #ays. So it means to them that the additional years are no use for %uality increase or kno#ledge gathering. We are li"ing in a time #hen medical ser"ices are targeted to ha"e less cost and so #e need to be serious and critical in lessening medical training time by )* percent. 0nly the #aste form the training has to be eliminated.

.manuel, .., & (uchs, /. 12*!23. Shortening -edical 'raining by )*+. JA-A, )*41!!3, !!5). 6etrie"ed from 6esearch 7ibrary. Sollecito, W.A. & Johnson, J. K. 12*!)3. Continuous quality improvement in health care 15th ed.3. Sudbury, -A8 Jones and 9artlett.

6esponse 2 Any business has to go #ith the accreditation program to ensure its %uality. We can take the e&ample of the food industry in the :.S. We see that the food industry has to meet the %uality standards set by :S;A. I can remember the issue about some toys that came from <hina as those toys had to&ic elements and paint #ith hea"y metal lead. 'o ensure safety and %uality the accreditation programs are here to guide the healthcare facilities so that the industry keeps to the appropriate track. 6egulations and standards are set by the accreditation authorities. Some professionals in the healthcare field do not feel much secured #ith the accreditation process. 'hey think it can take up much time. 'hose professionals #ho are not much familiar #ith the accreditation process may feel confused. Sollecito & Johnson, 2*!) comment that some might think that there is politics behind it. I think that the accreditation process is "ery important as #e can see positi"e impact on %uality. =o#e"er, the healthcare professionals should ha"e a say in the #ay accreditation process goes on. So the 6>s and remaining e&perts should come up #ith e&pertise and suggestions for their organi$ations. Alkheni$an & Sha#, 2*!! state that research has found that accredited hospitals are e&pected to follo# the regulations in an appropriate manner #hereas non,accredited hospitals do the less. 'he regulations guide the physicians and professionals in pro"iding care and staying concentrated on the %uality. 'he study comes up #ith e"idences that sho# that

accreditation programs ha"e put positi"e impact on different clinics to produce %uality outcome. Any organi$ation can get help through professional certification in the obtaining of accreditation. It is really a comple& issue. 'he Joint <ommission, 2*!! report mentions that 'J< has come up #ith a ne# certification titled as J<<A? along #ith its earlier certifications. 'he ne# program is for administrators, nurses and doctors so that the professionals becomes accredited Joint <ommission <ertified Accreditation ?rofessionals.

6eferences Alkheni$an, A., & Sha#, <. 12*!!3. Impact of accreditation on the %uality of healthcare ser"ices8 A systematic re"ie# of the literature. Annals of Saudi Medicine, 5*4,5!@. 6etrie"ed from ?roAuest. Sollecito, W., & Johnson, J. K. 12*!)3. Continuous quality improvement in health care 15th ed.3. Sudbury, -A8 Jones and 9artlett. 'he Joint <ommission. 12*!!3. The Joint Commission Resources. 6etrie"ed from 'he Joint <ommission8 http8BB###.jcrinc.comBJ<<A?B