clinical audit


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clinical audit

A term of art referring to the continuous process of assessment, evaluation and adjustment of practice by doctors, nurses and other health professionals, as carried out in the NHS (UK). Clinical audit is an ongoing process used to measure the quality of aspects of health care and services, and to improve that quality. Clinical audits are conducted in multiple cycles, where current clinical performance and practise are compared to set standards or to others, to identify bottlenecks or areas for improvement, which are targeted and addressed before the cycle is repeated.
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Clinical audit should not be confused with research as the objective of both activities is entirely different.
A project to involve patients in a clinical audit, making sure the hospital reached standards, was the winner of the innovation category.
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clinical audit, which focuses on examining the content and quality of care for specific clinical conditions measured against explicit criteria or standards, rather than analysing outcomes in terms of maternal death.
Trust chief executive Prof David Harnden said: "He held a junior administration post in clinical audit.
The Trust has previously undertaken thorough investigations into the three cases as part of its clinical audit procedures, and these reports have been provided to the coroner at his request.
Bradley (Department of Clinical Audit, Ipswich Hospital), who helped us with the compilation of data in our study.

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