Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11889/7847
Title: Assessing quality of management practices in Palestinian hospitals.
Authors: Sabella, A.R. 
Kashou, R. 
Omran, O. 
Keywords: Total quality management - Health services - Palestine;Medical care - Quality control - Palestine;Healthcare - Management - Palestine;Health services administration - Palestine;Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award;Health facilities - Management - Palestine
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: International Journal of Organizational Analysis
Abstract: Purpose – This paper aims to provide an assessment of the quality of management practices and implementation in hospitals operating in the West Bank of Palestine using the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) Criteria. Design/methodology/approach – Based on the MBNQA Criteria, a survey of 51 hospitals was conducted using questionnaires, interviews and focus groups to gather data. Data were analyzed and compared across all administrative types of hospitals using the MBNQA points system. Findings – The results show that the performance of non-governmental organizations and private hospitals was superior with respect to all other administrative types. A closer look at the results show that all hospitals exhibit areas of concern such as human resource focus, information and analysis, as well as performance results. Research limitations/implications – Despite the exclusion of hospitals operating in the Gaza Strip, this research promotes critical management practices aimed at improving quality of management practices and their subsequent implementation in the surveyed hospitals. Practical implications – The MBNQA Criteria, as well as other quality assessment tools, can be used to measure the various activities of hospitals and identify competencies and weaknesses in a tangible manner to improve hospital performance. Originality/value – This paper presents a fresh perspective on the quality management issues in Palestinian hospitals to practitioners, administrators and academics using the MBNQA Criteria. Also, it serves as a foundation for future initiatives and programs aimed at improving quality in hospitals.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11889/7847
DOI: 10.1108/IJOA-03-2014-0747
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