chapter  1
Introduction to clinical audit
ByRuth Chambers, Gill Wakley
Pages 20

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.