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Medical Audit in Primary Health Care : Oxford General Practice Series - Martin Lawrence

Medical Audit in Primary Health Care

Oxford General Practice Series

By: Martin Lawrence (Editor), Theo Schofield (Editor)

Paperback

Published: 22nd April 1993
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The demand for quality control of medical care has increased dramatically in recent years. In response to higher public awareness and political trends, the implementation of audit has swept through general practice in the US, fueled by the appearance of improved data collection systems and the greater sophistication of primary care teamwork. This book is a concise yet comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of medical audit in the primary health care setting. Edited by two university lecturers who are also practicing family practitioners, the book includes contributions from a range of practitioners who have experience of audit in action, and an appreciation of the potential pitfalls involved. The first part of the book discusses the theoretical basis and purpose of audit, and describes the stages of the 'audit cycle' from setting target standards to effecting change. The second part describes the implementation of audit, focusing in turn upon each stage of the cycle, and examining practical examples of audit problems drawn from a variety of areas of care. It concludes with a discussion of the role of Medical Audit Advisory Groups, and the methods of auditing audit. Throughout the book, emphasis is placed upon the importance of teamwork in solving problems. This theoretical and practical guide to the challenge of medical audit will be of value to general practitioners, trainees, and all members of the primary health care team.

`The chapters are relatively short and easy to digest. The editors have done an excellent job ... Medical audit in primary health care will offer all those who have already taken their first few steps in audit, including trainees, practising GPs and others, guidance on how to make their audit more effective and suggestions on alternative approaches. It should be compulsory reading for trainees.' Richard Baker, Family Practice, Volume 4, No. 4

Introduction Part I: The basis of medical audit 1: What is medical audit 2: The purpose of medical audit 3: Medical audit and accountability Part II: Establishing audit in primary health care 4: Choosing the topic and getting started 5: Setting standards in practice 6: Collecting and analysing data 7: Implementing change and planning care 8: Repeating the cycle Part III: Audit in practice 9: Preventive care: child surveillance and women's health 10: Preventive care: cardiovascular disease 11: Chronic disease management 12: Prescribing and formularies 13: Critical incident analysis: cases and patterns 14: Problem-solving audits 15: Access, availability, and continuity 16: Assessment of patients' views in primary care 17: Auditing teamwork 18: The primary/secondary care interface 19: Practice visiting Part IV: Support and evaluation 20: The role of the Medical Audit Advisory Group 21: Auditing audit 22: Practice reports and profits

ISBN: 9780192622679
ISBN-10: 0192622676
Series: Oxford General Practice Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 22nd April 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.85  x 1.35
Weight (kg): 0.46