- the nationally and internationally recognized process designed to improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of a health service organization's structures, processes and outcomes
- a continuous, on-going process that measures evidence-based standards against a health organization's practices to produce higher quality health services, in a safer environment, than would be the case without it
- a way to recognize that a health organization has met national quality standards
Health Canada's First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) supports the accreditation of health services as one approach to improve the quality of First Nations health services, to increase First Nations management of health services and improve alignment with provincial health services. This framework defines the goals of the program and its objectives, including roles and responsibilities of all partners, funding arrangements and expected outcomes.
Accreditation is an ongoing quality management process that organizations use to assess and improve the quality of their health services. It demonstrates to clients and the community that the organization is committed to quality improvement. Accreditation also improves the credibility of health services provided by First Nations by establishing that the health services they provide are comparable to those available to other Canadians living in similar geographic locations.
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