Total Quality Management [TQM] in the Healthcare Industry – Challenges, Barriers and Implementation Developing a Framework for TQM Implementation in a Healthcare Setup
Science Journal of Public Health
Volume 4, Issue 4, July 2016, Pages: 271-278
Received: Jun. 1, 2016; Published: Jun. 2, 2016
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M. Balasubramanian, Hinduja Healthcare Surgical, Medical Superintendent, Department of Hospital Administration, Mumbai, India
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Abstract
Quality management has become an important issue in healthcare organizations (hospitals) during the last couple of decades. The increased attention to quality is due to governmental regulations, influence of customers, and hospital management initiatives. Apparently, there are many difficulties in managing healthcare organizations in a competitive marketplace with a little support from official bodies especially in a developing country like India. The purpose of this paper is to provide a framework for implementing the total quality management concept that is compatible with the local culture of India. The SERVQUAL model and its application can help the healthcare facility in achieving satisfaction on both ends - employees’ satisfaction and customer satisfaction. In healthcare organizations, the traditional Indian culture, leadership style, and the mentality of the medical professionals are somehow the barriers to the adoption of the TQM. The suggested integrated framework model of the TQM can be of great help to the healthcare organizations to move out of the barriers and successfully implementing TQM concepts and practices.
Keywords
TQM: Total Quality Management, SERVQUAL: Service Quality, QFD: Quality Function Deployment
To cite this article
M. Balasubramanian, Total Quality Management [TQM] in the Healthcare Industry – Challenges, Barriers and Implementation Developing a Framework for TQM Implementation in a Healthcare Setup, Science Journal of Public Health. Vol. 4, No. 4, 2016, pp. 271-278. doi: 10.11648/j.sjph.20160404.11
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