Look at your audit objectives and the reason(s) why you are carrying out an audit. Then choose one of the different varieties of audit methods to suit your investigation. You might use audit to:
set appropriate standards for your future performance
find out how you are doing compared with others
find out how you are doing compared with external criteria or standards
investigate a complaint or significant event
identify your learning needs, for example about aspects of clinical care
discover what service developments are needed, for example about access to, or availability of, services.