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Professional involvement in the design of accreditation manuals

Víctor Reyes‐Alcázar (Andalusian Agency for Healthcare Quality, Seville, Spain)
Belén Sotillos‐González (Andalusian Agency for Healthcare Quality, Seville, Spain)
Jose A. Valverde (Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville, Spain)
Antonio Torres‐Olivera (Andalusian Agency for Healthcare Quality, Seville, Spain)

International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance

ISSN: 0952-6862

Article publication date: 4 October 2011




This paper aims to describe the participation of health professionals as key agents for the successful definition of skills manuals supporting professional accreditation in Andalusia (Spain).


The increasing extent to which different stakeholders are recognized reflects the importance they hold in all decision‐making processes. The Andalusian Agency for Healthcare Quality's commitment to this process has facilitated the healthcare professionals' participation when professional skills manuals are designed for their respective specialities.


The process involved over 400 healthcare professionals from 58 disciplines between March 2005 and January 2008. Results were conditioned by several factors, some acting as drivers while others represented a barrier.

Research limitations/implications

The experience relates to a specific geographical context. Healthcare professionals eligible to participate had to be in active employment and working for the Andalusian Public Health Service. There was an overrepresentation of members from scientific associations.

Practical implications

Co‐operation based on mutual trust is the essential ingredient accounting for the success of participative involvement.


The paper incorporates all categories of personnel and specialities in a regional healthcare system that covers eight million inhabitants and employs over 90,000 professionals, includes 33 public hospitals, more than 1,500 primary care centres and other healthcare units.



Reyes‐Alcázar, V., Sotillos‐González, B., Valverde, J.A. and Torres‐Olivera, A. (2011), "Professional involvement in the design of accreditation manuals", International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Vol. 24 No. 8, pp. 611-620.



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