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Audit in palliative day care; what, why, when, how, where and who

Julie Hearn

in Palliative Day Care in Practice

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780192631831
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730221 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631831.003.0007
Audit in palliative day care; what, why, when, how, where and who

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In the 1980s, the UK experienced an explosion of monitoring, evaluating, and assessing activity, and organisations found themselves subject to increasing scrutiny and accountability for performance. By the late 1990s, the emphasis had changed to quality, performance, and excellence. Clinical audit is at the centre of the reinvention of clinical governance in the UK health care system, and the use of appropriate performance measures and standards is central to audit. Audit aims to improve care for patients and families by assessing whether people are doing the right thing well. This chapter provides an overview of the principles of audit in palliative day care and gives guidance for implementing audit into routine practice.

Keywords: clinical audit; United Kingdom; palliative care; health care; clinical governance

Chapter.  7170 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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