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Title: A critical study of quality parameters in health care establishment: Developing an integrated quality model
Authors: Azam M.
Rahman, Zillur
Talib F.
Singh K.J.
Published in: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
Abstract: Purpose: The purpose of this article is to identify and critically analyze healthcare establishment (HCE) quality parameters described in the literature. It aims to propose an integrated quality model that includes technical quality and associated supportive quality parameters to achieve optimum patient satisfaction. Design/methodology/approach: The authors use an extensive in-depth healthcare quality literature review, discerning gaps via a critical analysis in relation to their overall impact on patient management, while identifying an integrated quality model acceptable to hospital staff. Findings: The article provides insights into contemporary HCE quality parameters by critically analyzing relevant literature. It also evolves and proposes an integrated HCE-quality model. Research limitations/implications: Owing to HCE confidentiality, especially regarding patient data, information cannot be accessed. Practical implications: The integrated quality model parameters have practical utility for healthcare service managers. However, further studies may be required to refine and integrate newer parameters to ensure continuous quality improvement. Originality/value: This article adds a new perspective to understanding quality parameters and suggests an integrated quality model that has practical value for maintaining HCE service quality to benefit many stakeholders. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Citation: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 25(5): 387-402
Issue Date: 2012
Keywords: Health care
Integrated quality model
Patient care
Quality parameters
Service quality assurance
ISSN: 9526862
Author Scopus IDs: 48061002800
Author Affiliations: Azam, M., Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India
Rahman, Z., Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India
Talib, F., Mechanical Engineering Section, University Polytechnic, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India
Singh, K.J., Department of Hospital Administration, International Institute of Health Management and Research (IIHMR) Dwarka, New Delhi, India
Corresponding Author: Azam, M.; Department of Management Studies, , Roorkee, India; email:
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