An Introduction to Clinical Audit for Radiographers

7. Designing an Audit question

An audit question will often emerge from review of the literature, practitioner concerns raised or review of preliminary data highlighting a potential issue. It needs to be written in the form of a 'criteria statement' that clearly describes the quality issue and, more importantly, is measurable.

Covid-19 Example:

Issue: You want to be sure that radiographers and patients are not put at risk undertaking unnecessary chest radiographs during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Criterion: ALL chest x-ray referrals should contain sufficient clinical information to be justified by the radiographer