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Qual Saf Health Care 14:87-92 doi:10.1136/qshc.2004.010629
  • Original Article

Relationship between accreditation scores and the public disclosure of accreditation reports: a cross sectional study

  1. H Ito1,
  2. H Sugawara2
  1. 1Health Sciences Division, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, 1-2-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  2. 2Hospital Evaluation Services, Japan Council for Quality Health Care, Tokyo, Japan
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr H Ito
 Program Officer, Health Sciences Division, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, 1-2-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan; itou-hirotomhlw.go.jp
  • Accepted 8 January 2005

Abstract

Objective: To examine the association between accreditation scores and the disclosure of accreditation reports.

Design: A cross sectional study.

Setting: Hospitals participating in an accreditation programme in Japan.

Participants: 547 of the 817 hospitals accredited by the Japan Council for Quality Health Care (JCQHC) by January 2003.

Main outcome measures: Data on participation in public disclosure of accreditation reports through the JCQHC website were obtained from the JCQHC database. Comments on the disclosure were obtained using a questionnaire based survey.

Results: A total of 508 (93%) of the participating hospitals disclosed their accreditation reports on the JCQHC website. Public hospitals were significantly more committed to public disclosure than private hospitals, and larger hospitals were significantly more likely to participate in public disclosure than smaller hospitals. Accreditation scores were positively related to the public disclosure of hospital accreditation reports. Scores for patient focused care and efforts to meet community needs were significantly higher in actively disclosing hospitals than in non-disclosing hospitals. Among the large hospitals, scores for safety management were significantly higher in hospitals advocating disclosure than in non-disclosing hospitals.

Conclusions: There was a positive correlation between accreditation scores and public disclosure. Our results suggest that the public disclosure of accreditation reports should be encouraged to improve public accountability and the quality of care. Future studies should investigate the interaction between public disclosure, processes and outcomes.

Footnotes

  • This study was funded by the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, Japan.

  • The opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not represent the official views of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.