Quality healthcare is defined by the Institute of Medicine as care that is “safe, effective, efficient, equitable, timely and patient centred”. Clinical Audit is a means to find out that if the healthcare provided is in line with agreed and proven standards, helping professionals and patients identify how their service is performing, and where improvement could be made. Quality Improvement completes the audit cycle and can be described as the “combined and unceasing efforts of everyone - to make changes that will lead to better patient outcome (health), better system performance (care) and better professional development (learning)”.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGuidelines for the Provision of Intensive Care Services (GPICS)
Subtitle of host publicationVersion 2
PublisherThe Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


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Rooney, K. D., & Mathieu, S. (2019). Audit and quality improvement. In Guidelines for the Provision of Intensive Care Services (GPICS): Version 2 (2 ed., pp. 137-140). The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.