Goals and methods of audit should be reappraised

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7069.1404b (Published 30 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1404

Audit as an essential part of summative assessment needs reconsideration

  1. John Bain
  1. Professor Tayside Centre for General Practice, University of Dundee, Dundee DD2 4AD

    EDITOR,—Over 25 years ago Thorne wrote, “Magpie collection of statistics for no better reason than the accumulation of raw data followed by an aimless feeding of figures into a computer produces nothing of scientific value.”1 The recent critics of some audit activities echo Thorne's statement and express doubts about less than rigorous methods of audit design and analysis.2 3 Where an important subject has been audited and a robust …

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