Healthcare industry is among the most rapidly growing service industries in the world today. The central theme of all healthcare systems is quality and it needs to be managed effectively for their survival and performance excellence in today s business environment. Operationalization of the concept of quality at the organizational level has led to several innovations in quality management from the traditional Quality Assurance (QA) to implementation of the philosophy of Total Quality Management (TQM).
The book reviews in detail the quality assurance, audit methods, ISO, quality award criteria and total quality management in healthcare. After an introductory chapter on the quality management in healthcare organizations, the book discusses core issues in healthcare quality quality assurance mechanisms, total quality management and quality of healthcare services in India. Most recent developments like NABH accreditation for hospitals are also discussed. The last four chapters concentrate on the research on quality dimensions and investigations which finally led to the development of an integrative framework on total service quality management for hospitals. Besides an analysis of research work in quality management in Indian hospitals is also included. The book thus makes a strong case for continuous improvement based on total quality service management criteria.
This research work adds to the healthcare quality management literature, especially in the Indian context which is a very important emerging area.