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Quality assurance and audit 

Quality assurance and audit

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Quality assurance and audit
Author(s):

Amal Rushdy

and Sam Ghebrehewet

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198745471.003.0025
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date: 28 April 2017

This chapter describes the relationship between quality assurance, clinical governance, and clinical audit. These subjects are clearly defined and their application explored in the context of health protection practice. The chapter clearly outlines the differences between audit, research, evaluation, and surveillance, with health protection examples. Audit in health protection is described in detail, including areas of practice in which clinical audit is relevant, prioritization of audit topics, planning an audit, criteria and standards, data collection, analysis and interpretation, and implementation of change. Furthermore, quality assurance and improvement in health protection are described in detail. Relevant references and sources of audit tools are provided so that the discerning reader may explore the subject in more depth in relation to their specific practice and setting.

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