How to do a Clinical Audit

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Why do a Clinical audit?

Clinical audit is a way to find out if healthcare is being provided in line with standards and lets care providers and patients know where their service is doing well and where there could be improvements. The aim is to allow quality improvement to take place where it is most helpful and will improve outcomes for patients.

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What is the Clinical audit cycle?

Clinical audit can be described as a cycle or a spiral, see figure. Within the cycle there are stages that follow the systematic process of: establishing best practice; measuring against criteria; taking action to improve care; and monitoring to sustain improvement. As the process continues, each cycle aspires to a higher level of quality.