Soundings

Audit my shorts

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7013.1171 (Published 28 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1171
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner
  1. Crossmaglen, County Armagh

    It is an innate desire of doctors to try to improve their service to their patients, and to continue to augment their knowledge and refine their skills throughout their careers. Medical audit started out as a way of encouraging this admirable professional attribute, and standardising it so that it could be applied in everyday practice and in all aspects of patient care. It is essentially a very simple idea. (a) We decide what we should be doing; (b) we find out what we are doing; and (c) we take the necessary steps to change (a) into (b). Clear as a bell, easy got as a wet foot.

    But somewhere along …

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