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Quality of Care and Accreditation Status of State Psychiatric Hospitals
Martin C. McGurrin; Trevor R. Hadley
Psychiatric Services 1991; doi:
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Section on Public Psychiatry and Mental Health Services Research in the Department of Psychiatry, Blockley Hall, Room 320, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

1991 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Critics of quality assurance continue to assert that existing techniques do not validly measure quality of care because the techniques are unreliable and too subjective. Nevertheless, accreditation and certification, even if based on limited quality assurance concepts, may be of value if they help motivate hospitals to maintain or improve their quality of cane. Our results suggest that hospitals strive to maintain on improve their accreditation on certification status.Because the Inventory of Mental Health Organizations survey was not designed specifically to test the hypotheses considered, our findings that accreditation and certification motivate hospitals to improve their quality of cane should be accepted with reasonable caution. On the other hand, even our partial confirmation of this motivational effect suggests that until more valid and objective methods are available, continuing accreditation and certification activities are valuable.

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