Audit is a technique used to maintain and improve the quality of care and services provided by an individual or by a practice. It is the method used by ‘health professionals to assess, evaluate, and improve the care of patients in a systematic way, to enhance their health and quality of life’ 1 . Clinical audit is central to clinical governance because:
you can use it to review the quality of care you provide for patients with common conditions like asthma or diabetes, on an everyday basis
it builds on the way that health professionals and others working in the NHS have traditionally reviewed case notes as part of quality improvement
it provides a systematic approach to reviewing the quality of care and services
it supplies reliable information to highlight the need for improvements
it provides an impetus to upgrade the quality of care you provide.