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Clinical audit

The aim of clinical audit is to measure and improve the quality of care and services we provide.

What is Clinical Audit?

Clinical Audit is a process or cycle of events that helps ensure patients receive the right care and treatment. Care and services are measured against evidence-based standards and changes are implemented to narrow the gap between existing and best practice. (Care Quality Commission).

Audits are undertaken throughout the hospital, measuring local performance against local and national standards, and implementing change when necessary.

As a patient you are unlikely to come into direct contact with a member of the clinical audit team, although you may be asked to complete surveys or questionnaires that we have helped to plan and develop.

For an overview of the role of clinical audit within University Hospitals Dorset, please watch this short video:

Or this video created by the Royal College of Physicians, to celebrate Clinical Audit Awareness Week #CAAW19:

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