Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management 2020-12-01T04:31:28-08:00 Yaping Liu Open Journal Systems <p>The Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management (APJHM) is a peer-reviewed journal for managers of organisations offering healthcare and aged care services. The APJHM aims to promote the discipline of health management throughout the region by facilitating the transfer of knowledge among readers by widening the evidence base for management practices.<br /><br />*Print 1(1);2006 - 5(1);2010 Online 4(2);2009 - current<br />*ISSN 2204-3136 (online); ISSN 1833-3818 (print) </p> Psychological, Spiritual and Emotional Response to COVID-19 Pandemic Experiences and Interventions made 2020-12-01T04:31:28-08:00 Richi Simon Durdana Ovais Nilofar Kadeer <p><strong><em>Summary:</em></strong><em> Outbreak of Corona Virus in December 2019, in Wuhan placed a novel challenge in front of mankind. COVID-19 has affected every country in different magnitudes. The absence of vaccine and changed lifestyle suddenly imposed upon masses affected their functioning as well. Those victimized by the virus have their own problems while others also have had their own sufferings. <strong>Objectives:</strong> Amidst all trials and tests for cure, this paper is an attempt to understand the psychological, spiritual and emotional response to COVID-19 and Government Interventions in India. It also tries to assess the differences in experiences across age, gender and educational qualifications. <strong>Design:</strong> The study adopts a mixed approach and is an exploratory cross-sectional study. For the purpose of the study, shortened version of Czech SWSB, RYFF’s Psychological Wellbeing 18 point scale and STAI scale were customized for pandemic times, administered towards the end of Lockdown 1.0 in India. After reliability and validity tests, established scales are used to study the variable in the research. For the analysis of data Smart PLS SEM 3.3.2 is used. <strong>Setting</strong>: General masses of India were a part of the study. A cohort of 100 respondents willing to participate in the survey during the initial 21 days lockdown in India was studied which was selected using snowball sampling. <strong>Main outcome measures:</strong> The study measures the association of psychological, spiritual and emotional response to covid-19 pandemic experiences and also the response to interventions made. <strong>Findings:</strong> The results show that there is trivial relation of age, education and gender to the experiences of COVID-19. It was also found that Psychological Wellbeing and Spiritual Wellbeing were significantly related to the experiences of COVID-19. <strong>Conclusion: </strong>Extreme external factors like covid-19 pandemic act as stressors and affect the psychological and spiritual wellbeing of all.</em></p> Copyright (c) Relationship between accreditation and patient safety outcomes: Implications for quality care 2020-11-27T11:24:41-08:00 FAISAL BABU PAKKADAN <p><strong>Background:</strong> Healthcare organisations depend on accreditation with the aim of improving patient safety and quality. Accreditation impact assessment studies show inconsistent results. Furthermore, the penetration of accreditation among Indian hospitals is very low due to the lack of empirical evidence to establish the profitability of accreditation. <strong>Objectives</strong>: The main objectives of this study are to describe the patient safety initiatives practised by a NABH accredited hospital and to analyse the impact of accreditation on various safety and quality outcomes. <strong>Methods:</strong> An observational, prospective, quasi-experimental (before-after accreditation) study was conducted in a 350-bed multispecialty hospital in Kerala, India. The patient and employee safety outcome measures such as rate of various Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) and needle stick injury were assessed for five years. Differences of those outcome measures were compared across monthly intervals between two-time segments, two years pre-accreditation and three years post-accreditation. <strong>Results:</strong> There was a significant difference in the rates of occurrence of&nbsp;&nbsp; UTI, SSI, Bedsores, NSI and Thrombophlebitis at 0.05% level of significance before and after accreditation, whereas no significant difference was found in the incidence of VAP and CLABSI. <strong>Conclusion:</strong> The pre and post accreditation comparative study empirically established the significant impact of accreditation on patient safety outcomes. This study results may foster the penetration of accreditation among all types of healthcare organisation; thus, an improvement in patient safety and quality can be achieved among all types of healthcare organisations.</p> Copyright (c)