Clinical audit made easy
Are clinical audits a mystery to you? This is your chance to learn the ropes, as Farah Janmohamed explains
- By: Farah Janmohamed, Laura J L Halpin, Sanjay Patwardhan
According to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, a clinical audit is “A quality improvement process that seeks to improve patient care and outcomes through systematic review of care against explicit criteria and the implementation of change.”1
Clinical audits measure the clinical practice of health professionals, such as doctors or nurses, and establishments, such as hospitals or general practices, against standards. Standards define acceptable levels of patient care and healthcare delivery, and seek to ensure that the best care is delivered. They play a fundamental role in audits, and you cannot have one without the other.
Every medical student should grasp the opportunity to carry out or become involved in an audit. Special study modules or firm placements allow you to study topics that interest you, and can be the perfect time to become involved.
As final year medical students, some colleagues and I set up our own audit during