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Clinical audit: Still an important tool for improving healthcare
  1. James Y Paton1,
  2. Rita Ranmal2,
  3. Jan Dudley3,
  4. on behalf of RCPCH Clinical Standards Committee
  1. 1Department of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow, UK
  2. 2Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London, UK
  3. 3Department of Paediatric Nephrology, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jan Dudley, Department of Paediatric Nephrology, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol BS28BJ, UK; jan.dudley{at}uhbristol.nhs.uk

Abstract

The use of data to challenge and improve healthcare has a long and distinguished history but has often failed to bring about expected improvements. It has never become fully embedded in clinical practice, probably because data alone are insufficient to drive change. There is now a greater appreciation that changing and improving healthcare requires changing behaviours. Clinical audit remains one of the important tools that can be used to facilitate such change.

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