Clinical audit may undergo organisational change as the new primary care trusts assume responsibility for community health services. Very little has been published, however, about community‐based audit. A survey of audit activities involving clinical audit staff was carried out in seven acute hospital trusts and seven community trusts in south east England in 1997. Audit staff completed survey forms for 65 acute projects and 75 community projects on defined topics. Managers in community trusts were much more likely to initiate audit projects or act as lead investigators than managers in the acute trusts, and they more frequently received copies of project reports. Clinical audit staff in community trusts participated more fully in the various phases of the audit process than staff in the acute trusts. If the best of the conventions for community audit practice are transferred to primary care trusts, the foundations of their clinical governance programmes should be strengthened.
Dowie, R. and Kennedy, A. (2001), "Clinical audit in NHS acute and community trusts: a comparative analysis", British Journal of Clinical Governance, Vol. 6 No. 2, pp. 94-101. https://doi.org/10.1108/14664100110397205Download as .RIS
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