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Clinical governance : discussion and perspectives

Author(s): Denis JL | Contandriopoulos AP

Journal: Pratiques et organisation des soins
ISSN 1952-9201

Volume: 39;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 249;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: clinical governance | change | professional organizations.

The papers in this issue allow to better understand the potential and updating conditions of clinical governance in the system and health organizations. Engaging in clinical governance is putting in place new capabilities that allow to know better what we produce, the consequences of our interventions and, ultimately, the benefits of a more concerted action between professionals and organizations.Clinical governance consists in mobilizing a set of levers (incentives, information, authority, deontology) to lay down the reality that medical and clinical practice is by nature essentially collective and to engage in an updating of practices on the basis of available knowledge. By its search of new objects of government, relations between actors and new instruments, clinical governance participates in the organizations’ and health systems’ transformationin two ways. Firstly, it contributes to give a clinical purpose to management, organizing and participation processes. Secondly, it contributes in defining an overall purpose to clinical activities. Clinical governance thus announces the emergence of renewed professional organization.Prat Organ Soins 2008;39(3):249-54

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