Introduction: Clinical governance is a systematic approach to maintaining and improving the quality of patient care. This study aimed to assess some Iranian educational hospitals’ readiness for clinical governance implementation through the organizational climate. 

Methods: It was a cross-sectional study that used the Clinical Governance Climate Questionnaire (CGCQ) in three educational hospitals in Yazd, a city in central Iran, in 2012. A total of 186 personnel contributed to the study. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 16. Descriptive statistics and the Kruskal-Wallis test were used for data analyses.

Results: The mean scores of the clinical governance climate in Shahid Sadoughi, Shahid Rahnemoon and Afshar hospitals were 2.63±0.29, 2.58±0.32, and 2.68±0.29. The mean scores of quality improvement planning and change, quality improvement integration and motivation, clinical risk management and climate of blame and punishment, organizational learning, and training and development (T&D) opportunities for learning in the studied hospitals were 2.21±0.49, 2.80±0.40, 2.76±0.40, 2.91±0.54 and 3.06±0.72, respectively. 

Conclusion: The results of this study showed that the educational hospitals’ climate should be more supportive for successful implementation of clinical governance. 

Key words: clinical governance, organizational climate, hospital
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