Medical Audit in Primary Health Care

Medical Audit in Primary Health Care

by Martin Lawrence, Christopher Lawrence
     
 

ISBN-10: 0192622676

ISBN-13: 9780192622679

Pub. Date: 04/28/1993

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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 US, fueled by the appearance of improved data collection systems and the greater sophistication of primary care teamwork. This book is a concise

Overview

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 US, fueled by the appearance of improved data collection systems and the greater sophistication of primary care teamwork. This book is a concise yet comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of medical audit in the primary health care setting. Edited by two university lecturers who are also practicing family practitioners, the book includes contributions from a range of practitioners who have experience of audit in action, and an appreciation of the potential pitfalls involved. The first part of the book discusses the theoretical basis and purpose of audit, and describes the stages of the 'audit cycle' from setting target standards to effecting change. The second part describes the implementation of audit, focusing in turn upon each stage of the cycle, and examining practical examples of audit problems drawn from a variety of areas of care. It concludes with a discussion of the role of Medical Audit Advisory Groups, and the methods of auditing audit. Throughout the book, emphasis is placed upon the importance of teamwork in solving problems. This theoretical and practical guide to the challenge of medical audit will be of value to general practitioners, trainees, and all members of the primary health care team.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192622679
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1993
Series:
Oxford General Practice Series, #25
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.19(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I: The Basis of Medical Audit
1. What is Medical Audit
2. The Purpose of Medical Audit
3. Medical Audit and Accountability
Part II: Establishing Audit in Primary Health Care
4. Choosing the Topic and Getting Started
5. Setting Standards in Practice
6. Collecting and Analysing Data
7. Implementing Change and Planning Care
8. Repeating the Cycle
Part III: Audit in Practice
9. Preventive Care: Child Surveillance and Women's Health
10. Preventive Care: Cardiovascular Disease
11. Chronic Disease Management
12. Prescribing and Formularies
13. Critical Incident Analysis: Cases and Patterns
14. Problem-solving Audits
15. Access, Availability, and Continuity
16. Assessment of Patients' Views in Primary Care
17. Auditing Teamwork
18. The Primary/Secondary Care Interface
19. Practice Visiting
Part IV: Support and Evaluation
20. The Role of the Medical Audit Advisory Group
21. Auditing Audit
22. Practice Reports and Profits

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