Volume 65, Issue 1 (5 2008)                   Tehran Univ Med J 2008, 65(1): 86-92 | Back to browse issues page

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Dargahi H, Rezaian M. Monitoring of Performance Management using Quality Assurance Indicators and ISO Requirements. Tehran Univ Med J. 2008; 65 (1) :86-92
URL: http://tumj.tums.ac.ir/article-1-852-en.html
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Background: Quality assurance is a prevention-oriented system that can be used to improve the quality of care, increase productivity and monitor the performance management in clinical laboratories. ISO 9001: 2000 requirements are a collection of management and technical systems designed to implement quality assurance and monitor performance management in organizations.
Methods: A checklist was prepared to monitor the preanalytical, analytical and postanalytical stages of laboratory performance management in 16 areas and all laboratory activities in 14 of the clinical laboratories of the Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) hospitals. Collected data were stored and statistically analyzed using SPSS software.
Results: The best performance, in which 77.73% of quality assurance indicators were observed, was found in Sina Hospital. However, only 57.56% of these indicators were fulfilled at Farabi Hospital, with the lowest-level performance among the clinical laboratories of TUMS hospitals. The highest level of compliance with quality assurance indicators was in the hematology departments and for facility demands in management areas. Overall, quality assurance indicators were appropriately followed in only 7% of the clinical laboratories.
Conclusion: The average quality assurance observation rate in the clinical laboratories studied was 67.22%, which is insufficient and must be remedied with stricter enforcement of the ISO 9001: 2000 regulations.
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