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clinical audit

A sub-category of QA / Quality audit, a clinical audit is particularly sensitive as it can often involve accessing sensitive patient data held by a hospital or other health service. For this reason some types of clinical audit, despite not being classed as research, are considered to require ethical review. The NHMRC has published guidelines in relation to this: When does quality assurance in health care require independent ethical review?(2003)

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20th July 2011