Accrediting hospitals

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7002.456a (Published 12 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:456
  1. Sarah Purdy,
  2. Graham Rich
  1. Health policy analyst Health policy analyst Jackson Hole Group, PO Box 350, Teton Village, WY 83025, USA

    EDITOR,--We agree with Ray Robinson that neglecting to audit outcomes of care is a fundamental flaw in the current systems of hospital accreditation in the United Kingdom.1 Unfortunately, the accreditation system that is most widely used to certify hospitals and other institutions in the United States has the same shortcomings. The agency responsible, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, has made a bold and …

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