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|Title:||Certification ISO 9001 in clinical ethics consultation for improving quality and safety in healthcare||Authors:||Tozzo, Pamela
|Keywords:||External quality assessment;Quality improvement <quality management||Keywords Plus:||EUROPEAN HOSPITALS;MANAGEMENT;ACCREDITATION;ATTESTATION;TOOL||Mesh headings:||Certification;Ethics Consultation;Quality Improvement||Secondary Mesh headings:||Humans;Italy;Professional Competence;Quality Assurance, Health Care||Issue Date:||1-Jul-2018||Publisher:||OXFORD UNIV PRESS||Journal:||International journal for quality in health care : journal of the International Society for Quality in Health Care||Abstract:||
This paper refers to the quality management process of the Laboratory of Clinical Bioethics (LCB) of the University of Padua (Italy), which has obtained the quality certification to ISO 9001:2008, as a Clinical Ethics Support Service. Its activities consist mainly in clinical ethics consultations and training services, addressed to those who are called to decisions with ethical implications in the clinical setting, proposing a structured approach to identify and analyze the ethical issues that may loom in the relationships between health professionals and patients, and participating in their solution. The expected benefits of the application of ISO 9001 were mainly the following: to formalize the procedure adopted for clinical ethics consultation and training, to obtain a controlled management of documents, information and data, to ensure and demonstrate the quality of the provided activities and to make methods and organization publicly available. The main results which have been achieved with the 'quality management project' are summarized as follows: the enunciation of LCB Mission and Quality Policy; the drafting of the procedure by which clinical ethics consultation is provided; the formalization of members' skills and the adoption of relevant process and outcome indicators. Our experience may be useful in promoting accountability for the quality of ethics consultation services. We consider the certification process as a tool for transparent and reliable management of one of the most critical tasks in the current context of healthcare, motivating similar facilities to undertake similar pathways, with the aim to provide quality control on their activities.
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