Clinical audit in primary health care: towards quality assurance

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6977.413 (Published 18 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:413
  1. Richard Baker
  1. Director Eli Lilly National Clinical Audit Centre, Department of General Practice, University of Leicester, Leicester LE5 4PW

    Let 100 flowers blossom seems to be the message of the Clinical Outcomes Group

    What should replace medical audit advisory groups in just over a year's time? New developments, such as the emergence of commissions, and new information on the results of audit, due out soon from the National Audit Office and other bodies, will have to be taken into account in the decision.

    Last month's report from the working group of the Clinical Outcomes Group clearly defines the agenda for the debate about the future of clinical audit in primary health care.1 The group wants every practice unit (whether in general or dental practice, community health services, or community pharmacy) to have an integral quality assurance system. Such systems would use practice development plans, guidelines, protocols, clinical audit, and other tools …

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