Domain 2:

Safety and Quality: Audit

Audit: Data Collection (2)

7. Data collection (2)

After change has been agreed and implemented and a reasonable period of time has elapsed to allow any new practices or systems to take effect, then you must complete the audit cycle. The failure to undertake a 2nd data collection and therefore complete the audit cycle is arguably the single most common reason why many audit projects are left incomplete. As well as being a waste of time and resources, this leads to frustration for those involved as well as many missed opportunities to improve patient care.

Completion of the audit cycle is achieved by carrying out a second data collection in order to measure and evaluate what impact the newly introduced change (or changes) has had on improving practice in the area being audited. If no change has been introduced, or it has not been given enough time to take effect, then there is no point in undertaking a 2nd data collection - the findings are unlikely to show any improvement in the time that has elapsed because there has been no intervention.

Data from the second data collection should be presented in a similar way to the first round of data. Include the results from data collection (1) alongside your desired standard as well so that comparisons can be easily made.

For an example of data collection (2) presentation, download the word document at the main Audit page.

Remember to comment on the comparison between data collections (1) and (2), and the desired standard to be achieved. If the standard is not attained or surpassed, explain why you think this is the case and how you would propose to reach it in future.

Points to consider:

  • Present the findings from data collection (1) and (2), briefly compare them with each other and the standard (s) set and discuss the outcome.
  • If the standard is not reached, speculate as to why this was the case and how you might reach it in future.

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