Standards for a clinical audit
Audits must meet the criteria and standards below in order to be evaluated.
|An acceptable rationale for the audit is provided||This must explain why the audit was worth doing|
|The audit must be conducted against agreed standards||The origin of the standards must be stated. This must include a reference and state whether the standards are national, regional, network-wide or local. Justification must be given if there is local variation to other accepted standards e.g. nationally published.|
|Sample size and selection||Sample size must be appropriate to the question posed by the audit and in consideration of other factors such as the number of specimens or the audit time frame.
The method of sample selection must be described e.g. random selection.
|Data collection||E.g. questionnaire, computer search, clinical notes review.|
|Analysis and interpretation||A brief statement of the method of analysis must be given.|
|Identification and implementation of any changes required||A completed action plan must be submitted, including re-audit date. The action plan must contain recommendations, responsibilities and timescale for implementation of changes, as well as details of who will review the action plan.|
|The re-audit stage of the cycle must be completed||Reports of both the reaudit and previous audit must be provided.|
|The audit demonstrates evidence of one of the following:
||The evidence should be fully described and supported by data in the audit reports.|