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Journal of Healthcare Engineering
Volume 2018, Article ID 1393585, 11 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/1393585
Research Article

The Influence of Accreditation on the Sustainability of Organizations with the Brazilian Accreditation Methodology

1Industrial Engineering and Management Institute, Federal University of Itajuba, 1303 BPS Avenue, 37500-903 Itajubá, MG, Brazil
2Vilanova i la Geltrú School of Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Víctor Balaguer Avenue, 08800 Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona, Spain

Correspondence should be addressed to João Éderson Corrêa; rb.moc.lob@gm.aerrocrede

Received 27 April 2017; Accepted 7 November 2017; Published 16 January 2018

Academic Editor: John S. Katsanis

Copyright © 2018 João Éderson Corrêa et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This research evaluates the influence of the Brazilian accreditation methodology on the sustainability of the organizations. Critical factors for implementing accreditation were also examined, including measuring the relationships established between these factors in the organization sustainability. The present study was developed based on the survey methodology applied in the organizations accredited by ONA (National Accreditation Organization); 288 responses were received from the top level managers. The analysis of quantitative data of the measurement models was made with factorial analysis from principal components. The final model was evaluated from the confirmatory factorial analysis and structural equation modeling techniques. The results from the research are vital for the definition of factors that interfere in the accreditation processes, providing a better understanding for accredited organizations and for Brazilian accreditation.