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