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Medical Audit - Simon P. Frostick

Medical Audit

By: Simon P. Frostick (Editor), Philip J. Radford (Editor), W. Angus Wallace (Editor), Kenneth Calman (Foreword by), Sir Terence English (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 18th October 1993
ISBN: 9780521446044
Number Of Pages: 460

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The application of audit to resource allocation and clinical practice has emerged as a fundamental principle in Western medical systems over recent years. Used effectively, audit can have wide-ranging benefits for both the patient and the practitioner, in terms of resource management and quality of care. This book reviews the concepts behind audit and the approaches that individual specialties take. First, the book describes the philosophy of audit and the requirements of various agencies such as the Department of Health and the Royal College of Surgeons for audit. Second, the book outlines the specific requirements of the major specialties and third, the book gives practical suggestions for the development of an audit strategy. There are comparisons between audit performed in the United Kingdom and that performed in the United States and Sweden. Further, the need to consider the relationship between resource management and medical audit particularly with reference to the data requirements is emphasized. Throughout the book the concept of "completing the loop", i.e.the need to effect change from the audit activity is discussed as well as the educational value of audit. The editors have stressed that there are no hard and fast rules in creating an audit strategy and as yet there are few experts.

Introduction
Audit - historical and future perspectives
Audit philosophy
Medical audit - a view from the centre
Audit - a view from the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Medical audit - the regional viewpoint
Medical audit - the needs of the District Health Authorities
Resource management and budget holding
Unit and district information systems
Read codes and medical audit
Data capture direct from doctors
Computer systems - practice, limitations and pitfalls
Paediatric audit
Audit in obstetrics and gynaecology
Audit in therapeutics
Audit in general surgery
Orthopaedic audit - guidelines and hints
Installing audit in general practice and general dental practice
Clinical audit in psychiatry - models for audit in mental health
Audit in anaesthesia
Audit in intensive care
Medical audit - lessons from the USA
Quality control in health care - the Dutch experience
Medical audit - experience from Sweden
Performance indicators
Measuring outcome and quality control
Audit - will it work?
What has been achieved so far?
A practical guide to audit
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ISBN: 9780521446044
ISBN-10: 052144604X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 460
Published: 18th October 1993
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.44  x 2.95
Weight (kg): 0.69