Regulating quality and safety of health and social care: international experiences

Daniel Schweppenstedde, Saba Hinrichs, Uzor C. Ogbu, Eric C. Schneider, Dionne S. Kringos, Niek S. Klazinga, Judith Healy, Lauri Vuorenkoski, Reinhard Busse, Benoit Guerin, Emma Pitchforth, Ellen Nolte

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Abstract

    This report is concerned with ‘standards of quality and safety’ within health and social care systems. Care standards are intended to support efforts in maintaining and improving the quality of care; they have been developed across countries, although the ways in which they are implemented and applied differs between nations. Taking a range of six countries, we review the regulatory mechanisms that have been implemented to ensure that essential standards of care are applied and are being adhered to, and consider the range of policy instruments used to encourage and ensure continuous quality improvement. We report on Australia, England, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands and the USA, with the information presented reflecting the regulatory systems as of 1 August 2013.
    Original languageEnglish
    Commissioning bodyUK Department of Health
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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