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Accreditation: a tool for organizational change in hospitals?

Marie‐Pascale Pomey (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Management, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada)
André‐Pierre Contandriopoulos (Professor, Department of Health Administration, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada)
Patrice François (Professor, Evaluation Unit, University Hospital Centre, Grenoble, France)
Dominique Bertrand (Professor, Department of Public Health, Fernand‐Vidal Hospital, Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris, Paris, France)

International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance

ISSN: 0952-6862

Article publication date: 1 May 2004



Examines the dynamics of change that operated following preparations for accreditation. The study was conducted from May 1995 to October 2001 in a university hospital center in France after the introduction in 1996 of mandatory accreditation. An embedded explanatory case study sought to explore the organizational changes: a theoretical framework for analyzing change was developed; semi‐structured interviews, focus groups, and questionnaires addressed to the hospital's professionals were used and documents were collected; and qualitative and quantitative analyses were carried out. Professionals from clinical and medico‐technical departments participated most. Preparations for accreditation provided an opportunity to reflect non‐hierarchically on the treatment of patients and on the hospital's operational modalities by creating a locus for exchanges and collegial decision making. These preparations also led to giving greater consideration to results of exit surveys and to committing procedures to paper, and were a key opportunity for introducing a continuous quality program.



Pomey, M., Contandriopoulos, A., François, P. and Bertrand, D. (2004), "Accreditation: a tool for organizational change in hospitals?", International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Vol. 17 No. 3, pp. 113-124.



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