National sentinel clinical audit of evidence-based prescribing for older people: methodology and development

Grant, R. L., Batty, G. M., Aggarwal, R., Lowe, D., Potter, J. M., Pearson, M. G., Oborne, A. and Jackson, S. H. D. (2002) National sentinel clinical audit of evidence-based prescribing for older people: methodology and development. Journal Of Evaluation In Clinical Practice, 8(2), pp. 189-198. ISSN (print) 1356-1294

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Rationale, aims and objectives  This national clinical audit aimed to develop and implement a methodology to assess the appropriateness of prescribing for patients over the age of 65 in hospitals, general practice and nursing homes. Methods  Organizations providing health care in the National Health Service in these three sectors were recruited into multi-disciplinary and inter-organizational local coalition teams. Prescription data and relevant clinical data were collected electronically on a customized database. The appropriateness of prescribing for specific conditions among the patients sampled was assessed by simple computerized algorithms, and users were provided with feedback to stimulate discussion and change. Use of the software tool was demonstrated to be feasible and its data reliable. Participants were re-audited, after a period of nationally guided and locally driven intervention, to evaluate levels of change. Local efforts to stimulate change and barriers to change were collected qualitatively. Results and conclusions  The investigation revealed encouraging results and demonstrated the ability of audit to improve the quality of clinical services in given circumstances, although a multiplicity of questions relating to cost and methodology remain to be addressed.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Health services research
Other hospital based clinical subjects
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences (until 2013)
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Depositing User: Robert Grant
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2011 15:53
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