Quality of Care and Standards

To begin, standards are implemented to ensure quality of care is maintained and provided to all patients equally and without discrimination. Quality of care represents a very important and most fundamental criterion of a health care system, by ensuring – through written documentation - the safety and well-being of patients.

Often weaker in less developed countries, quality of care standards must be implemented as the most basic order to any health care system. Attitude of caregivers, accessibility features, flexibility and responsive services, well-being of patients, effectiveness of prevention and treatments, and costs are standards that must also be a part of the overall approach.

As standards differ from country to country, a broad-spectrum framework is critical to provide guidance for managers and caregivers in order to raise the quality of effective health care. Quality of care standards are also subject to public scrutiny whereby government systems must ensure the safety of their citizens through accepted health care inspection practices and acting to remedy bad health care practices.

Of interest are abstracts that define a broad-spectrum framework about quality of care and standards and how such a framework can be used to guide countries to form a health care system that is inclusive, client-centred, and ensures the safety and well-being of all patients.