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10 tips for successful audits

  • 1 Audit simply asks 'are we doing what we do in the best way that we can?'
  • 2 Choose a topic that genuinely interests you ­ it is going to take a chunk of your life, so make sure you don't get bored
  • 3 Keep it simple
  • 4 Really ­ keep it simple
  • 5 If using questionnaires, don't add on additional topics or questions just because you can ­ it will only confuse things
  • 6 Be sure that you are clear what the audit is designed to achieve ­ change practice, reduce inefficiency, control costs, or whatever
  • 7 Before setting a standard, look at the evidence for best practice in general practice
  • 8 Plan the audit carefully, and make sure you don't depend on other people's help without asking them in advance
  • 9 Collect only data that is really necessary
  • 10 And make sure you collect all the data you need

Professor David Haslam is a PMETB board member and former RCGP chair

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