audit cycle

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audit cycle

The periodic performance of clinical audits after identifying appropriate topics, setting standards, measuring current practice against these standards, assessing recommendations, and implementing change. The cycle is often repeated to ensure change has indeed occurred and improvement is maintained.
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The audit loop was completed twice, once following the introduction of information booklets (2002) and with the introduction of DVDs, joint school, and web links (2015).
However, by completing the audit loop, we have found that the use of booklets has improved patient understanding of the procedures they have undergone in very few areas, and there has actually been deterioration in others.
It will take 5 years before we re-evaluate the results and thus close the audit loop.