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An Introduction to Clinical Governance and Patient Safety$
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Elizabeth Haxby, David Hunter, and Siân Jaggar

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199558612

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558612.001.0001

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Clinical audit

Clinical audit

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(p.105) Chapter 12 Clinical audit
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An Introduction to Clinical Governance and Patient Safety
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David Hunter

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558612.003.0012

A clinical audit can be defined as a quality improvement process that seeks to improve patient care and outcomes through systematic review of care against explicit criteria and the implementation of change. Clinical audits are central to effective clinical governance as a measure of clinical effectiveness. This chapter discusses the history of clinical audits, components of clinical audit, and the steps in performing an audit project.

Keywords:   clinical audit, healthcare quality, healthcare practice, patient care

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