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systematic review and evaluation of records and other data to determine the quality of the services or products provided in a given situation.
nursing audit see nursing audit.
a defined procedure used to evaluate the quality of nursing care provided within an agency to its clients.
a review of the patient record designed to identify, examine, or verify the performance of certain specified aspects of nursing care by using established criteria. A concurrent nursing audit is performed during ongoing nursing care. A retrospective nursing audit is performed after discharge from the care facility, using the patient's record. Often a nursing audit and a medical audit are performed collaboratively, resulting in a joint audit.
nurs·ing au·dit(nŭrs'ing aw'dit)
A method of evaluating nursing practice by reviewing records that document the care provided to patients.