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Why is an ethical and integrated audit accreditation process required for Romanian hospitals

Daniela-Tatiana Agheorghiesei (Corodeanu), Liliana Iliescu, Cristina Gavrilovici, Liviu Oprea
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 17, No 3 | a503 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v17i3.503 | © 2014 Daniela-Tatiana Agheorghiesei (Corodeanu), Liliana Iliescu, Cristina Gavrilovici, Liviu Oprea | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 January 2013 | Published: 29 May 2014

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Daniela-Tatiana Agheorghiesei (Corodeanu), Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Health Policy and Ethics, “Grigore.T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iași, România (UMF) and Associate Professor at Economics and Business Administration Faculty, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași, R, Romania
Liliana Iliescu, Postdoctoral Fellow at Center for Health Policy and Ethics, “Grigore.T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iași, România, Romania
Cristina Gavrilovici, Associate Professor, Center for Health Policy and Ethics, “Grigore.T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iași, România, Romania
Liviu Oprea, Center for Health Policy and Ethics, “Grigore.T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iași, România, Romania

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Abstract

Nowadays, a third generation of ethics has come to the fore, whereby ethical issues are approached in an integrated manner, emphasising the management of ethics, which entails a cause-effect relation. One of its evaluation instruments is the ethical audit.This paper presents the findings of research focused on 47 executives involved in the management of quality in Romanian hospitals. The research concerns, in particular, the relevance and the opportunity for an ethical audit and the assessment of its possible effects.The data were gathered using a questionnaire.The research shows that Romanian managers consider the introduction of the ethical audit within theaccreditation process as being relevant and pertinent. They believe that ethical monitoring is beneficial for the activity of healthcare institutions, but also that these institutions are as yet not sufficiently prepared toimplement ethical audits. This study might be useful for sounding an alarm bell or for suggesting a direction for the qualitative and quantitative improvement of accreditation criteria and for the management of changein healthcare institutions worldwide.

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