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How many patients are necessary to conduct an audit?

There is no minimum or maximum number of patients stipulated, however your sample should include current/recent patients. » read more

I already undertake audit as part of my work under the Methadone Treatment Protocol or a Diabetes Group/Project or Cervical Screening or LARC. Can I use this as my audit activity for professional competence?

Firstly, you should ensure that this is truly an audit and therefore there is a comparison to an existing guideline and that criteria have been stated against which practice is being measured. » read more

I am practising but not in a typical role, for example, involved in health screening/coroner, etc.

Audit is a quality improvement exercise and involves reflection on your practice - whatever that constitutes. » read more

I am retired but would like to remain on the register and fulfill by professional competence but I do not see patients. How will it be possible for me to conduct audit?

The Medical Council have agreed to consider this issue further. However, they have stated that the practitioner should audit their own clinical activity whenever this is undertaken, even if only for short periods during the year. » read more

I have a very large practice. Does this make a difference to the type of audit I can conduct?

By contrast in an audit of a very large number of patients, it may only be necessary to examine one criterion, in order to fulfill the requirement of one hour activity per month on audit activity. » read more

I have a very small practice. Does this make a difference to the type of audit that I can conduct?

In general, if you have a very small number of patients it will only be possible to conduct an audit on a smaller number of patients. » read more

I have already completed a lot of the suggested audits. Are there any other suggestions for these?

Yes, the ICGP has developed tools to enable doctors to complete HIQA's Safer Better Healthcare Standards and these include audit options, quality improvement plans and a patient satisfaction survey. » read more

I have heard about the option of doing an audit through the iPCRN. What exactly is it and how would this work?

The iPCRN was formed in collaboration between the ICGP, the HRB Primary Care Research Centre (in the RCSI) and
WestRen (NUIG). » read more

I only work part-time/as a locum in different practices. How will it be possible for me to conduct audit?

This poses different challenges. In order to overcome the difficulty of having very few patients it may be necessary to undertake a number of re-audit cycles of a number of criteria. » read more

Is re-audit required?

Yes. Audit is about improvement. You should be changing or improving things as a result of your audit. » read more

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