Some professional opportunities

5For the individual and the organisation as well as to patients there are potential benefits. Engaging in audit can lead to;

  • Improved quality of care
  • A sense of personal and professional achievement
  • Relevant Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Improved team working
  • Improved communication within an organisation
  • Enhanced understanding of the structure and processes operating within the organisation
  • Improved practice based skills such as the identification, management and use of information
  • Improved GMS Contract performance

Is it clinical audit or research?

It is important to differentiate between audit and research.

Research is about creating new knowledge (which treatment is better?)

Clinical Audit is about taking that knowledge and making sure we are doing the things that work best and doing them effectively

Table1 below denotes the major differences

Research

Audit

Discovers the right thing to do

Determines whether the right thing is being done

A series of 'one-off' projects

A cyclical series of reviews

Collects complex data

Collects routine data

Experiment rigorously defined

Review of what Health Professionals actually do

Often possible to generalise the findings

Not possible to generalise from the findings