Audit in British general practice: domination or disillusionment?

J Eval Clin Pract. 1999 Aug;5(3):313-22. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2753.1999.00190.x.


The history of audit is traced over the past 30 years demonstrating how it has come to dominate attempts to improve the quality of patient care in British general practice. Nevertheless it is still uncertain whether audit usually or occasionally yields such improvements. There is much more to learn about audit including whether any benefits it brings are through professional education. I suggest that the use of audit as a foundation upon which clinical governance is built is not a secure one.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Family Practice / history*
  • Family Practice / standards
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Medical Audit / history*
  • State Medicine / history
  • United Kingdom