Politicians and regulators have high expectations of unannounced inspections. Unannounced inspections, unlike announced ones, would, they believe, lead to a clearer insight into the risks and a reduction of the regulatory burden. In order to verify these assumptions, a systematic review of the scientific literature and an exploratory study were conducted. In the systematic review only three relevant articles were found concerned with research into the difference between unannounced and announced inspections. In the exploratory study, Dutch nursing homes were inspected, unannounced, and later announced, in order to compare the risks detected during the inspections. It is concluded that unannounced inspections did not reveal more or different risks, but provided a better insight into the quality of care delivered. Announced inspections are the best option for the assessment both of the organization and of its preconditions for good care. Evidence was found that an unannounced inspection leads to a reduction of the regulatory burden.

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Keywords Announced, Health Care, Inspections, Nursing homes, Unannounced
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthpol.2013.05.001, hdl.handle.net/1765/50588
Journal Health Policy
Klerks, M.C.J.L, Ketelaars, C.A.J, & Robben, P.B.M. (2013). Unannounced, compared with announced inspections: A systematic review and exploratory study in nursing homes. Health Policy, 111(3), 311–319. doi:10.1016/j.healthpol.2013.05.001