At last, a book to take practitioners in the mental health field through the various steps involved in successful clinical audit. This book, including its team and individual exercises, is designed to help select topics for audit, to understand the methods most appropriate, to set standards, understand the significance of outcomes, and to bring about changes as a result. It is a practical guide to the analysis of health care, both for those working within a professional group, and for those in multidisciplinary teams. The book will be invaluable for all mental health professionals - psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, occupational therapists, psychiatric social workers - and purchaser or provider managers interested in clinical audit and the measurement of quality more generally.
Table of Contents
Introduction. The Audit Meeting. Choosing a Topic. Audit Methodology. What is Your Data? Analysing your Data. Bringing About Change. References. Appendices.
Dr. Jenny Firth-Cozens, A Chartered Clinical and Occupational Psychologist, has been involved in the evaluation of clinical practice for a number of years, and was Regional Audit coordinator for the Yorkshire Regional Health Authority. As Principal Research Fellow in Clinical Audit at the University of Leeds, she runs courses and workshops on medical and clinical audit for various professional groups and for multidisciplinary teams. In her consultancy practice she works with local audit committees on the facilitation of audit, and with health service and community teams on strategic issues, evaluation, and team development.