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Clinical Governance: Definitions and Recommendations

  • G. Offenstadt

Abstract

Quality improvement (QI) has become a central tenet of healthcare and a statutory obligation in many countries worldwide. Clinical governance (CG) has been introduced in 1998 as a new approach to QI by the UK National Health Service (NHS), which built on it a whole reform program. CG is a system through which NHS organizations are accountable for continuously improving the quality of their services and safeguarding high standards of care by creating an environment in which excellence in clinical care will flourish [1]. The opportunities for improvement are similar in many countries despite the large differences in the underlying financing organization and delivery of health care. The ten commandments of CG were described originally [2] as follows.

Keywords

Quality Improvement National Health Service Intensive Care Medicine Clinical Governance Head Nurse 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Offenstadt
    • 1
  1. 1.Medical ICUSaint-Antoine HospitalParisFrance

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