Achieving quality assurance through clinical audit
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Achieving quality assurance through clinical audit

Seraphim Patel Clinical audit specialist, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, London

Audit is a crucial component of improvements to the quality of patient care. Clinical audits are undertaken to help ensure that patients can be given safe, reliable and dignified care, and to encourage them to self-direct their recovery. Such audits are undertaken also to help reduce lengths of patient stay in hospital, readmission rates and delays in discharge. This article describes the stages of clinical audit and the support required to achieve organisational core values.

Nursing Management. 17, 3,28-35. doi: 10.7748/nm2010.06.17.3.28.c7800

Correspondence

seraphimpatel@nhs.net

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review