Accreditation of Hospitals: Where Do We Stand in Jordan?( Medical Horizons)

Aly A. Misha'l


Accreditation has been defined as a self- assessment and external review process by authorized agencies or organizations, using established standards, and implementation of periodic evaluation to insure continuous compliance and improvement.

The Two main features of accreditation are:

1.The principle of external review.
2.The use of standards.

Accreditation guarantees that hospital processes and performance are uniform, and not dependant on personal choice.
Accreditation can be the most effective approach for professional achievement and quality of health care.

Accreditation is not an end in itself! It is rather a means to improve care outcomes. Accreditation is more than setting standards. It requires a significant change in the attitudes of hospital administrations toward quality of health care delivery.

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