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Seven steps to an effective clinical audit (1 CPD hour)

Dr Tim Goode offers his seven steps to an effective clinical audit.

Learning objectives

This module offers a guide to planning and executing an effective clinical audit, including:

  • Developing an idea for your audit and deciding on the type
  • Collecting and analysing the results of your audit
  • Presenting your results
  • Planning a re-audit, to check improvements

After reading this article 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:

  1. Could you audit a clinical area that you are particularly interested in?
  2. Have you consulted your practice staff on their ideas about the audit?
  3. Have you planned a pilot, to check your methodology?
  4. Have the results of the audit been presented to all staff?
  5. Is the audit scheduled to be repeated?

This module was first published on 27th October 2010 and was up to date with all key guidelines and evidence at that point. It will be reviewed as part of our routine update cycle by 27th October 2012 but will be updated sooner to reflect any key guideline changes.

Dr Tim Goode is a GP in Donnington, Telford, and is chair of the clinical audit group at NHS Telford and Wrekin

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