2012 Volume 39 Issue 6 Pages 801-805
The Japan Society of Health Evaluation and Promotion (JHEP) is convinced that showing the data objectively collected from a survey could be used as evidence in quality management. The JHEP designates basic policy with regard to quality management, which is that the quality assurance in an individual facility is thought to be well controlled if the data from a survey comes within a certain range for current standards. The JHEP awards an “A” rank when the results measured in individual facility are within mean±2SD in a sample survey. The JHEP also gives A rank when the diagnostic assessments from several questions both in an electrocardiogram and in a chest X-ray are judged to be appropriate by more than one expert. At present more than 99.5% of facilities out of approximately four hundred are classified as “A” class. This amounts to proof of excellence in quality assurance at a facility. These surveys are carried out four times a year and the results are of major importance for highly-ranked facilities. These results were thought to be entirely due to routine efforts of both the manufacturers and staff of individual facilities. The quality assurance survey is considered to be of great importance in its support of root-level health evaluation and promotion. In order to continue to improve social reliance, the committee will continue to send this evidencebased message to an each of the survey participants.