ARTICLEQuality of Care A Comparison of Perceptions of Health Professionals in Clinical Areas in the United Kingdom and the United StatesMcKenna, Hugh P. PhD, RN; Keeney, Sinead MRes; Currie, Lynne BSc (Hons); Harvey, Gill PhD, RN; West, Elizabeth PhD, RN; Richey, Roberta H. MRes, RNAuthor Information Faculty of Life & Health Sciences (Dr McKenna), and the Institute of Nursing Research, School of Nursing (Mss Keeney and Richey), University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, UK; the Royal College of Nursing Institute, Oxford, UK (Ms Currie); the Manchester Centre for Healthcare Management, University of Manchester, UK (Dr Harvey); and the London School of Hygiene, UK (Dr West). Corresponding author: Sinead Keeney, MRes, Institute of Nursing Research, School of Nursing, University of Ulster, Shore Rd, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim BT37 0QB, Northern Ireland, UK (e-mail: [email protected]). US Perceptions of Unit Quality scale reproduced by permission of Professor Linda Cronenwett, Dean of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Accepted for publication: February 16, 2006 Journal of Nursing Care Quality: October 2006 - Volume 21 - Issue 4 - p 344-351 Buy Abstract A tool was developed, using the nominal group and Delphi techniques, to explore healthcare staff's perceptions of the quality of hospital care provided in the United Kingdom compared with a tool from the United States. Similarities were identified in many core areas; however, there were several differences between the UK and US tools. This article identifies the process and findings and discusses possible reasons for similarities and differences between the tools. © 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.