Identifying best practice principles of audit in health care
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Identifying best practice principles of audit in health care

Seraphim Patel Clinical audit facilitator specialist, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, London, Joint Clinical Leadership Programme, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London

Audit is recognised as a crucial component of improving the quality of patient care. Examples include giving patients safe, reliable and dignified care, enhancing their experiences and satisfaction by encouraging them to self-direct their recovery, and reducing the length of stay in hospital, readmission rates and delayed discharge. This article describes clinical audit, the stages involved in the process and the support required to achieve strategic objectives.

Nursing Standard. 24, 32,40-48. doi: 10.7748/ns2010.04.24.32.40.c7713

Correspondence

seraphimpatel@nhs.net

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review