Accreditation is usually a voluntary programme in which trained external peer reviewers evaluate a healthcare organisation’s compliance and compare it with pre-established performance standards. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of accreditation programmes on the quality of healthcare services.
The work concludes that there is consistent evidence that shows that accreditation programs improve the process of care provided by healthcare services. There is considerable evidence to show that accreditation programs improve clinical outcomes of a wide spectrum of clinical conditions. Accreditation programs should be supported as a tool to improve the quality of healthcare services.
You can read more about this study here.