Quality assessment systems in rehabilitation services for people with a disability in Greece: A critical review
Background: Despite international interest on quality assessment systems (QAS) and their importance in health care accreditation, implementation of a Rehabilitation Services Quality Measurement System still remains a neglected subject in Greece. Objective: To identify appropriate tools for researchers and policy makers to assess the quality of rehabilitation services in Greece, within the current active debate on national health care reform. Methods: A critical review methodology was undertaken, using a systematic approach, aiming to identify the most appropriate tools in the field. Multi-step strategy was followed to gather relevant data, including bibliographical database, internet and hand searches. Results: Twenty-two studies, articles and documents were identified as meeting all inclusion criteria, representing four QAS, compared according to appropriateness, efficiency, and feasibility for general use. The European Quality in Social Services (EQUASS) was evaluated as meeting all of the desired features, such as proper certification, objective measuring, equality, education and training, established guidelines and person-centered approach. Conclusions: EQUASS initiative, developed according to European standards and implemented in resource-limited settings, was recognized as the most adaptive and appropriate system for Greek rehabilitation settings. Health policy makers are urged to take findings into consideration in establishing an integrated, quality-assured rehabilitation system throughout the country. (C) 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.