Basics in Research Methodology- the Clinical Audit 679-682
V. Naveen Shankar. MDS (Oral Medicine and Radiology)
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Health care organisations regularly undergo quality assurance for safe and effective patient care. Such quality improving programs are considered as audit. The purpose of audits is to generate findings that will benefit patients and their programmes of care. Audits should be regularly carried out in a systematic manner as patient welfare is at the heart of any audit process. Auditprocess should maintain professional and ethical perspectives also. However, clinical audits are often poorly carried out and consequently have minimal effect on improving patient care. Health care organizations should encourage clinicians to participate in regular clinical audit. This review explains the basics of audit and describes in detail how a clinical audit should be performed and monitored.