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Ten tips for better audits (1.5 CPD hours)

Professor Martin Duerden offers practical ways to get more out of this essential clinical task


This module offers advice on ways that GPs can improve their clinical audits, covering:

  • Definition, purpose and aims of an audit
  • Selecting a topic and undertaking it well
  • Protecting patient confidentiality
  • Repeating an audit
  • Using and sharing the results of your audit

After reading these articles you will be asked to record your learning points and some action points to earn a suggested 1 CPD credit. Below are some suggested questions to reflect on as you work through the module:

  • Have any audits you’ve performed over the last two or three years been discussed within the practice? Have you re-audited to complete the cycle and assess any effect?
  • If you’re a training practice, do you make a point of having  a teaching session on audit, and actively encourage your trainees to get involved in the process?
  • Are you aware of local resources which might help your audit plans eg pharmacists, nurses, CCG and pharmaceutical industry?
  • Are you clear on the meanings of audit terminology such as criteria and standards – and how to set criteria and standards when you are doing an audit?
  • Have you considered putting audit plans into your PDP? Have you a formal way of recording audit ideas as they occur to you?

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