How can self-assessment improve the quality of healthcare?
Self-assessment could be particularly valuable in developing country healthcare settings where individual service providers often work without a supervisor or colleague to guide their performance. The QA Project has an interest in self-assessment and its impact on performance because of the intricate link between performance and quality. This paper examines the issues relating to self-assessment, such as the different types of self-assessment, its uses, and its validity. It also reviews the literature (largely from developed countries) that informs our knowledge of self-assessment. The paper makes recommendations for future research and concludes that while much remains to be done to assure that self-assessment has the impact it promises, it may also be less costly and easier to implement than alternatives.