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Clinical Audit Cycle Checklist

Stage 1 (Preparation & Planning)

Involve stakeholders

Determine the audit topic

Plan the delivery of audit fieldwork

Stage 2 (Selecting the Standard/Criteria)

Identify evidence-based standard

Specify audit criteria or measurable statements of what should be happening

Set targets or expected performance levels

Agree on acceptable exceptions (if appropriate)

Stage 3 (Measuring Performance)

Carry out a short pilot of the data collection method

Collect accurate, timely, and representative data

Analyze data

Draw conclusions

Present results to department/division

Stage 4 (Implementing Changes)

Share audit report

Review areas for improvement and agree on priorities for action

Identify appropriate interventions

Develop quality improvement plan (if required)

Identify persons responsible for each task/action and a reasonable timescale for completion

Determine how and when progress will be measured

Ensure that change is supported by those with the necessary authority to effect such change

Stage 5 (Sustaining Improvements)

Monitor implementation of changes

Report on the progress of implementation as required

Re-audit to ensure changes have improved practice and decide if further audit procedures are required

Completion

Additional Comments

Audit Lead Name & Signature

Clinical Audit Cycle Checklist

Created by: SafetyCulture Staff | Industry: General | Downloads: 5

A clinical audit cycle checklist aims to help clinical improvement managers and audit leads to ensure the completion of the 5-stage clinical audit cycle—preparation and planning, selecting the standards/criteria, measuring performance, implementing changes, and sustaining improvements.

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Clinical Audit Cycle Checklist

Stage 1 (Preparation & Planning)

Involve stakeholders

Determine the audit topic

Plan the delivery of audit fieldwork

Stage 2 (Selecting the Standard/Criteria)

Identify evidence-based standard

Specify audit criteria or measurable statements of what should be happening

Set targets or expected performance levels

Agree on acceptable exceptions (if appropriate)

Stage 3 (Measuring Performance)

Carry out a short pilot of the data collection method

Collect accurate, timely, and representative data

Analyze data

Draw conclusions

Present results to department/division

Stage 4 (Implementing Changes)

Share audit report

Review areas for improvement and agree on priorities for action

Identify appropriate interventions

Develop quality improvement plan (if required)

Identify persons responsible for each task/action and a reasonable timescale for completion

Determine how and when progress will be measured

Ensure that change is supported by those with the necessary authority to effect such change

Stage 5 (Sustaining Improvements)

Monitor implementation of changes

Report on the progress of implementation as required

Re-audit to ensure changes have improved practice and decide if further audit procedures are required

Completion

Additional Comments

Audit Lead Name & Signature