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Table 1 Research aims, key questions, and related studies

From: Strengthening organizational performance through accreditation research-a framework for twelve interrelated studies: the ACCREDIT project study protocol

Research aims Key questions Studies (Fig. 1)
1: To evaluate current accreditation processes Does accreditation make a difference to the quality of care and performance? 1, 2, 3, and 12
2: To analyse the costs and benefits of accreditation What are accreditation's cost implications? What benefits are realized? 6
3: To improve future accreditation How can accreditation be improved? 7-11
4: To develop and apply new standards of consumer involvement in accreditation How can consumer involvement be improved? 4 and 5