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Improving Knowledge of Public Health Accreditation Through a Group Vetting Session of a Practice-Based Research Network
Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (2010)
  • Angela T. Dearinger, University of Kentucky
  • Martha Riddell, University of Kentucky
  • F. Douglas Scutchfield, University of Kentucky
  • Richard Ingram, University of Kentucky
  • Alex F. Howard, University of Kentucky
  • Shontreal Cooper, University of Kentucky
Abstract

This article describes efforts to improve knowledge of and acceptance of the proposed voluntary health department accreditation program, put forth by Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), by conducting a group vetting session. The vetting session closely followed the PHAB guidelines, and participants received pre- and postvetting surveys to gauge their knowledge of the accreditation standards and related items and their perception of the utility of the standards and the ability of their agencies to meet the standards. Respondents reported that the vetting session did improve their knowledge and understanding of the standards (increase in mean score from 3.6 to 4.4). In addition, respondents had overwhelmingly favorable responses to the draft standards (28 of 31 received positive responses from more than 85% of participants). This suggests that conducting group vetting sessions may be an effective way to increase awareness of the PHAB standards and may help prepare local health agencies for the accreditation process.

Keywords
  • accreditation,
  • knowledge,
  • public health,
  • quality improvement
Publication Date
March 1, 2010
Publisher Statement
© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
Citation Information
Angela T. Dearinger, Martha Riddell, F. Douglas Scutchfield, Richard Ingram, et al.. "Improving Knowledge of Public Health Accreditation Through a Group Vetting Session of a Practice-Based Research Network" Journal of Public Health Management and Practice Vol. 16 Iss. 2 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/f_douglas_scutchfield/59/