[Genuine medical accreditation systems in the USA according to standards of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)--reflections on the transferability of the procedures to Germany].Z Arztl Fortbild Qualitatssich. 2000 Sep; 94(8):659-64.ZA
In a number of anglophone countries in parallel to the industrial trend accreditation systems have been developed for health care organizations and specially for hospitals. These systems were introduced and instituted as a part of the health care system in the countries. Central elements and central procedures of these genuine-medical accreditation systems for hospitals in the United States, in Australia, Canada, France and in Great Britain are mostly identical. They focus primarily on the patient and his way from access to post discharge in a hospital. Core of the systems is a catalogue with standards, which in a systematic and comprehensive way gives ideas of good professional performance in hospitals. The catalogues can be used internally to develop and improve quality and quality management in a hospital. Primarily, however, the accreditation systems are designed to provide most objective measures for external evaluation of quality and quality management.