Research Article

Aspects of audit. 4: Acceptability of audit.

Br Med J 1980; 280 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.280.6229.1443 (Published 14 June 1980) Cite this as: Br Med J 1980;280:1443
  1. C D Shaw

    Abstract

    Whether or not audit is accepted in Britain will be determined principally by how it is controlled, how much it costs, and how effective it is. The objectives of audit have been defined as education, planning, evaluation, research, and anticipatory diplomacy--that is, starting internal audit before external audit is imposed on the medical profession. Published reports suggest that in Britain internal audit would be more effective andless expensive than the complex professional standards review organisation devised by the Federal Government in the United States.