Editorials

The future of clinical audit: learning to work together

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7057.574 (Published 07 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:574
  1. Sheila Teasdale
  1. Manager Lincolnshire Medical Audit Advisory Group, PO Box 206, Lincoln LN4 2JE

    There are lessons to be learnt from audit in primary care

    Since 1990 a quiet revolution has taken place in the National Health Service. Against a background of rapid change and, in some places, considerable disruption, clinical audit has become part of everyday life for most health care professionals.1 2 Different approaches have, however, been adopted in hospital and community trusts and in primary care. The challenge now for commissioning agencies is to discover which aspects of the clinical audit initiative have been successful and to exploit them across traditional organisational boundaries.

    Clinical audit is pivotal in patient care: it brings together professionals from all sectors of health care to consider clinical evidence, promote education and research, develop and implement clinical guidelines, enhance information management skills, and contribute to better management of resources—all with the aim of improving the quality of care of patients. Since 1990 …

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