Community nurses can carry out clinical audits

Emma Vincent describes the quality improvement process

Emma Vincent describes the quality improvement process.


Clinical audit is a quality improvement process that measures current patient care and outcomes against agreed standards of best practice. It asks the questions: ‘Are we following best practice?’ and ‘What is happening to patients as a result?’

The often misunderstood process of clinical audit is different from service evaluations, which concern the effectiveness of services, and research, which concerns the creation of new knowledge.

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This article was first published in print in Primary Health Care: 28 August 2015, volume 25, issue 7.

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