Developing the evidence base for accreditation of healthcare organisations: a call for transparency and innovation.

@article{Greenfield2009DevelopingTE,
  title={Developing the evidence base for accreditation of healthcare organisations: a call for transparency and innovation.},
  author={David Greenfield and Jeffrey Braithwaite},
  journal={Quality & safety in health care},
  year={2009},
  volume={18 3},
  pages={162-3}
}
Why has so little evidence of the efficacy of accreditation programmes been published in the peer-reviewed literature? Since its introduction in the 1970s accreditation has spread across the world to become an established part of healthcare systems in over 70 countries and there is an associated international body. It is a textbook case of Everett Rogers’ Diffusion of innovation, whereby an idea whose time has come is adopted first by early proponents, then is received by the majority, and then… CONTINUE READING