Evidence Brief No. 18 - Assessing the Value of Accreditation to Health Systems and Organisations

Mr Ryan Swiers

Accreditation is a process of external peer review to assess the performance of a healthcare facility in relation to agreed healthcare accreditation standards. In Australia, the requirement is mandatory accreditation against the Australian National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards. 

This Health Policy Evidence Brief from the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research and the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) adopts the Quadruple Aim framework to assess the value of accreditation to health services. 

The brief calls for the need to develop a research-based approach to develop a common narrative on what constitutes value, so that value relating to interventions such as accreditation can be more appropriately assessed.