Evidence of effectiveness of audit in improving care is growing

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7069.1405 (Published 30 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1405
  1. Richard Baker,
  2. Robin C Fraser
  1. Director, Eli Lilly national clinical audit centre Professor of general practice Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, University of Leicester, Leicester General Hospital, Leicester LE5 4PW

    EDITOR,—Andrew Miles and colleagues' letter about audit exemplifies the confusion in the debate about the achievements of the national audit programme.1 There are misunderstandings about the true nature of audit among both clinicians and researchers, and this results in opinions that are poorly supported by evidence. In evaluating the impact of audit it is essential to distinguish between audit as a method and the way in which it has been implemented. Although only …

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