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Challenges facing healthcare leadership in attaining accreditation of teaching hospitals

Ahmed Al Kuwaiti (College of Dentistry and Deanship of Quality and Academic Accreditation, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia)
Fahd A. Al Muhanna (Department of Internal Medicine, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia)

Leadership in Health Services

ISSN: 1751-1879

Article publication date: 7 August 2018

Issue publication date: 4 April 2019

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to examine the challenges faced by health-care leadership in teaching hospitals in attaining accreditation for their institutions.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper is based on a study of current literature on health-care leadership, hospital accreditation and quality of patient care and identifies the challenges facing health-care leadership in attaining accreditation for teaching hospitals.

Findings

Based on a review and analysis of literature, infrastructure, finance, legal support, workforce recruitment and training, documentation and technology are identified as challenges faced by health-care leadership in teaching hospitals. The key challenges facing health-care leadership with respect to medical education and clinical research are found to be integration of education into hospital operations, compliance with all regulatory and professional requirements and adequacy of resources in executing research programs.

Originality/value

This study draws the attention of health-care leadership in teaching hospitals on the challenges they face in obtaining accreditation for their institutions so that they may develop appropriate strategies to overcome them.

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Citation

Al Kuwaiti, A. and Al Muhanna, F.A. (2019), "Challenges facing healthcare leadership in attaining accreditation of teaching hospitals", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 32 No. 2, pp. 170-181. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHS-01-2018-0002

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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