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Establishment, present condition, and developmental direction of the new Korean healthcare accreditation system

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  • Establishment, present condition, and developmental direction of the new Korean healthcare accreditation system
  • Chang, Hoo-Sun; Lee, Sun-Hee
  • The Korean Academy of Medical Sciences


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Title Establishment, present condition, and developmental direction of the new Korean healthcare accreditation system
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Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Chang, Hoo-Sun; Lee, Sun-Hee

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[Seoul]:The Korean Academy of Medical Sciences

Date 2011-05
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Journal of Korean Medical Science:vol. 27
Pages 9
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Health
Holding The Korean Academy of Medical Sciences

Abstract

On July 23rd, 2010 a revised medical law (Article 58) was passed to change existing evaluation system of medical institutions to an accreditation system. The new healthcare accreditation system was introduced to encourage medical institutions to work voluntarily and continuously to improve patient safety and medical service quality. Changes regarding the healthcare accreditation system included the establishment of an accreditation agency, the voluntary participation of medical institutions, accreditation standards centering on the treatment process and patient safety, tracing methodology, and the announcement of comprehensive results concerning accreditation. Despite varying views on the healthcare accreditation system, including some that are critical, it is meaningful that the voluntary nature of the system acknowledges that the medical institutions must be active agents in improving medical service quality. Healthcare quality is not improved instantaneously, but instead gradually through continuous communication within the clinical field. (The rest omitted)