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CHI's methods for inspecting trusts are flawed, says King's Fund

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 04 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:542
  1. Debashis Singh
  1. London

    The methods of the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) for inspecting trusts has “significant weaknesses,” says a report for the King's Fund, an independent health think tank.

    “The authors question the process by which a rag bag of reflections (including variable attempts to capture the patient experience) are converted to global and quantified assessments,” the report says.

    The three year study concentrated on CHI's reviews of acute trusts. Its aim was to use CHI's experiences to look at the problems of inspection in the NHS. The researchers did this by analysing reports produced by the commission, sitting in board meetings, and interviewing a range of people, including …

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