Clinical audit in dentistry: From a concept to an initiation

Suchetha N Malleshi, Mahasweta Joshi, Soumya K Nair, Irshad Ashraf


Clinical audit is a quality improvement process that aims to improve patient care through a systematic review of care against explicit criteria. It is a cyclic and multidisciplinary process which involves a series of steps from planning the audit through measuring the performance to implementing and sustaining the change. Although audit contains some facets of research, it is essential to understand the difference between the two. Auditing can be done right from the record maintaining, diagnosis and treatment and postoperative evaluation and follow‑up. The immense potential of clinical audit can be utilized only when open‑mindedness and innovativeness are encouraged and evidence‑based work culture is cultivated.

Key Words: Audit, dental audit, healthcare improvement

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