Journal article

The role of boards in clinical governance: activities and attitudes among members of public health service boards in Victoria

Marie M Bismark, Simon J Walter, David M Studdert



OBJECTIVES: To determine the nature and extent of governance activities by health service boards in relation to quality and safety of care and to gauge the expertise and perspectives of board members in this area. METHODS: This study used an online and postal survey of the Board Chair, Quality Committee Chair and two randomly selected members from the boards of all 85 health services in Victoria. Seventy percent (233/332) of members surveyed responded and 96% (82/85) of boards had at least one member respond. RESULTS: Most boards had quality performance as a standing item on meeting agendas (79%) and reviewed data on medication errors and hospital-acquired infections at least quarterly (77%)..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Victorian Healthcare Association, the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority, and an ARC Laureate Fellowship (FL110100102 to Dr Studdert) from the Australian Research Council. The research was conducted independently from the funders. The funders had no role in the collection, analysis, or interpretation of data, writing of the report, or the decision to submit the article for publication.