Assessing change through audit

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6955.671b (Published 10 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:671
  1. F Margison
  1. Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester M13 9WL.

    EDITOR, - In his commentary1 on the multicentre criterion based audit of the management of induced abortion in Scotland2 Ken MacRae makes a telling point about the risk of double standards in the assessment of audit rather than research papers. He is right to challenge the view expressed in “Editor's choice” that without such double standards “the BMJ would rarely have published any papers on audit.” The methodology of research needs to fit its purpose, and the current accepted gold …

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