Designing a clinical audit tool to measure processes of pregnancy care

Suzanne Sinni, Wendy Cross, Euan Wallace

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This paper reports the development of a clinical audit tool as part of a larger project to evaluate a new maternity service, underpinned by a patient safety framework. The aim of this work is to describe the development of a clinical audit tool that measures the process of pregnancy care, and its application. Background: There are many reports about outcomes of healthcare provision, however there are limited studies examining the process of care. There is also limited evidence linking clinical audit with improvements in care delivery. Pregnancy care was chosen because there are well defined and agreed clinical standards against which to measure the delivery of pregnancy care. A clinical audit using these standards addresses both gaps in the literature. Methods:Standard methodological processes were used to develop the audit tool. Literature informed the processes. Data were collected in 2009 2010 using the tool described in the paper. Reliability testing was completed in September 2011.Results: An audit tool to measure pregnancy care was developed and applied to 354 health records to enable analysis of adherence to organizational expectations of care. Reliability testing of the tool achieved an overall kappa of 0.896.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15 - 25
Number of pages11
JournalNursing: Research and Reviews
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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