Quality Moves from Theory to Practice in Health Care

    OTTAWA, Oct. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Council on Health Services
Accreditation (CCHSA) released its Canadian Health Accreditation Report today.
This national report, available at www.cchsa-ccass.ca, presents the findings
from 328 accreditation surveys, encompassing 1,248 sites, conducted by CCHSA
between January and December 2006. CCHSA also released a companion report
highlighting 104 Leading Practices identified during the surveys. CCHSA
encourages organizations to adapt these practices to promote increased quality
and safety in health care.
    Evidence from the surveys indicates that there is an increasing
integration of quality improvement throughout CCHSA's accredited
organizations. Improved quality and safety in health care is moving from
theory to practice particularly at the care and service delivery level.
    CCHSA's accreditation program, based on a three-year cycle, allows
organizations to compare their performance from one cycle to the next, and
provides them with a roadmap to maintain and improve their level of quality.
Between 2003 and 2006, the number of surveys remained consistent; however, the
number of sites visited almost doubled as a result of restructuring in the
health care sector, especially in the western provinces. During all these
changes health care organizations continued progressing on their journey to
quality. "Critical steps are taken everyday by CCHSA clients to move the
quality agenda forward. By embracing the thoroughness and objectivity of
accreditation, these organizations demonstrate their commitment to improve
patient/client care," said Wendy Nicklin, President and Chief Executive
Officer of CCHSA. "CCHSA is proud to work with our clients on raising the bar
in health quality and is encouraged by the commitment to quality and safety in
health care in Canada."

    The Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation is a non-profit and
independent organization that provides national and international health and
social service organizations with an external peer review to assess the
quality of their services. CCHSA's guidance has been helping organizations
strive for excellence for close to 50 years.

For further information:

For further information: Liane Craig, Director, Strategic
Communications, Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation (CCHSA),
1-800-814-7769, ext. 301, communications@cchsa-ccass.ca; www.cchsa-ccass.ca

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