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Accreditation in health care is a method of reviewing the quality of the organization of health care, using external surveyors and published standards. It is frequently contrasted with internal review processes in which the members of an organization develop their own methods and standards to...
Clinical Pathology Accreditation is a UKbased scheme for the accreditation of pathology services. It was established 5 years ago and has now been adopted by over two thirds of UK laboratories. It offers a complete system for quality assurance and differs from standards such as EN 450011989 by...
Fellowship by Assessment of the Royal College of General Practitioners was first introduced in 1989. This followed the What Sort of Doctor initiative, which explored the potential for educationallybased peer review visits to practices. Building on this work, college faculties in particular those...
Although in many decisionmaking contexts it may be a problem actually to find any evidence there are already a number of topics where the challenge is presented by the bewildering array of sources and formats in which published findings are made available. By focusing on just one of these areas,...
In response to the Welsh Clinical Effectiveness Initiative, Carmarthen and District NHS Trust, UK, has established a series of innovative partnership agreements with six pharmaceutical companies to employ a pharmacist as a clinical effectiveness coordinator. This article describes the process by...
There is anecdotal evidence of a plethora of guidelines developed throughout the NHS. A national survey was carried out between March and June 1995 to identify the number of clinical guidelines produced in the UK in the clinical areas of coronary heart disease, asthma, breast cancer, lung cancer...
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