Medical Audit in Primary Health Care

Paperback | October 1, 1994

EditorMartin Lawrence, Theo Schofield

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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 UK, fuelled by the appearance of improved data collection systems andthe greater sophistication of primary care teamwork. This concise yet comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of medical audit in the primary health care setting is edited by two university lecturers who are also practising GP's. It includes contributions from a range of practitioners who have experience of audit in action, and anappreciation of the potential pitfalls involved. This theoretical and practical guide to the challenge of medical audit has proved to be and will continue to be of value to general practitioners, trainees, and all members of the primary health care team.

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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 UK, fuelled by the appearance of improved data collection systems andthe greater sophistication of primary care tea...

Martin Lawrence is a General Practitioner, Oxford. Theo Schofield is a General Practitioner, Warwickshire.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:October 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0192622676

ISBN - 13:9780192622679

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: The basis of medical audit1. What is medical audit2. The purpose of medical audit3. Medical audit and accountabilityPart II: Establishing audit in primary health care4. Choosing the topic and getting started5. Setting standards in practice6. Collecting and analysing data7. Implementing change and planning care8. Repeating the cyclePart III: Audit in practice9. Preventive care: child surveillance and women's health10. Preventive care: cardiovascular disease11. Chronic disease management12. Prescribing and formularies13. Critical incident analysis: cases and patterns14. Problem-solving audits15. Access, availability, and continuity16. Assessment of patients' views in primary care17. Auditing teamwork18. The primary/secondary care interface19. Practice visitingPart IV: Support and evaluation20. The role of the Medical Audit Advisory Group21. Auditing audit22. Practice reports and profits

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`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 auditmore effective and suggestions on alternative approaches. It should be compulsory reading for trainees.'Richard Baker, Family Practice, Volume 4, No. 4