Journal article

Governance of quality of care: a qualitative study of health service boards in Victoria, Australia

Marie M Bismark, David M Studdert

BMJ QUALITY & SAFETY | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2014

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To describe the engagement of health service boards with quality-of-care issues and to identify factors that influence boards' activities in this area. METHODS: We conducted semistructured interviews with 35 board members and executives from 13 public health services in Victoria, Australia. Interviews focused on the role currently played by boards in overseeing quality of care. We also elicited interviewees' perceptions of factors that have influenced their current approach to governance in this area. Thematic analysis was used to identify key themes from interview transcripts. RESULTS: Virtually all interviewees believed boards had substantial opportunities to influence the qual..

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Grants

Awarded by ARC Laureate Fellowship, 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.