An Introduction to Clinical Audit for Radiographers
9. Where do you find the standards?
Where possible, refer to evidence based guidelines and professional body guidance to see if standards exist in your audit area. Remember that these standards may be available wider than your own professional area, for example in guidance documents for radiographers, radiologists, respiratory and intensive care physicians, and the wider multi-disciplinary community. A useful hierarchy of resources is found here http://www.clinicalauditsupport.com/clinical-audit-resources.html and is summarised below 10:
1. International - worldwide best practice e.g. World Health Organisation; ISRRT guidance11
2. National - distils evidence into national standards e.g. National Institute of Clinical Excellence (England) https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance https://www.nice.org.uk/standards-and-indicators 12 Professional body guidance 13 https://www.rcr.ac.uk/clinical-radiology/publications-and-standards
3. Local - regional or local hospital guidelines and radiology department protocols or procedures
4. Literature - outlines current thinking where best practice has not yet been agreed
5. Consensus - where there is no agreement on best practice, experts can come together to develop new (often local) guidance