"To be honest, I had a sinking feeling when I opened the parcel from the editor and looked at the cover 'Oh no, he's sent me a book on clinical audit!' However, my Titanic-like emotions were allayed by a book that is well structured, well written, and pleasingly readable. The authors are obviously very experienced in the whole concept of clinical audit, in general, and with physiotherapy audit, in particular. Consequently, they seem familiar with the typical problems that may arise to hinder clinical audit in a physiotherapy department. In short, it seems to deal with everything you wanted to know about clinical audit.
The authors' major aim is the explanation and demystification of clinical audit, which is a subject pertinent to all senior clinicians and physiotherapy managers in the various areas of physiotherapy practice. This is, I think, achieved with a style that is uncomplicated and straightforward, with copious examples, often in a step-by-step format, from physiotherapy practice. The book is neatly and logically laid out, with section 1 dealing with the general issues of audit and section 2 dealing specifically with audit in physiotherapy. It has numerous eye catching chapter and paragraphs headings that help the reader to get around the book.
The clock cannot be turned back and clinical audit is here to stay. Physiotherapists need to have a good grasp of what is involved in audit in order to evaluate practice and, to some extent, be in control of their own affairs. This book is an ideal publication for physiotherapists who are inexperienced in this subject. I found the book readable and enjoyable, which just goes to show that you shouldn't judge a book - or a parcel - by its cover!" Michael J Callaghan, Centre for Rehabilitation Science, Manchester, Reviewing in British Journal of Sports Medicine, Vol. 33, No. 1, p. 68
valuable publication on clinical audit should have a place on every physiotherapy department's bookshelf. Senior therapists who have personal experience of trying to balance the demand for increased clinical activity with the need for quality assurance in their services, will find that this book is a useful guide to help them carry out effective clinical audit."Manual Therapy 4(3) 171-174, January 1999
Written primarily for physiotherapists embarking upon clinical audit, this book provides information on all aspects of clinical audit activity, including the rationale behind the introduction of clinical audit as part of the British National Health Service reforms; the many uses of clinical audit; the process of clinical audit; and how to introduce clinical audit within a physiotherapy service. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.