Retrospective versus prospective audit: a trial of two methods

Hosp Med Staff. 1978 Jan;7(1):13-7.


Retrospective and prospective approaches to collecting information were compared in a study of spinal cord injury. The data show that the retrospective approach resulted in some underestimation of cases; that it was a very lengthy, time-consuming process; and that it produced significantly fewer useful clinical data than the prospective method.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Connecticut
  • Humans
  • Medical Audit*
  • Medical Records / standards*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / epidemiology*