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Vet. Sci. 2018, 5(4), 84; https://doi.org/10.3390/vetsci5040084

A Cross-Sectional Study of Experiences and Attitudes towards Clinical Audit of Farm Animal Veterinary Surgeons in the United Kingdom

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Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, College Road, Leicestershire LE12 5RD, UK
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School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, College Road, Leicestershire LE12 5RD, UK
Current address: VetPartners Ltd., Leeman House, Station Business Park, Holgate Park Drive, York YO26 4GB, UK.
Current address: Massey University, Private Bag 11 222, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand.
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Received: 7 August 2018 / Revised: 11 September 2018 / Accepted: 19 September 2018 / Published: 28 September 2018
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Abstract

Clinical audit is a quality improvement tool used to assess and improve the clinical services provided to patients. This is the first study to investigate the extent to which clinical audit is understood and utilised in farm animal veterinary practice. A cross-sectional study to collect experiences and attitudes of farm animal veterinary surgeons in the UK towards clinical audit was conducted using an online nationwide survey. The survey revealed that whilst just under three-quarters (n = 237/325; 73%) of responding veterinary surgeons had heard of clinical audit, nearly 50% (n = 148/301) had never been involved in a clinical audit of any species. The participants’ knowledge of what a clinical audit was varied substantially, with many respondents reporting not receiving training on clinical audit at the undergraduate or postgraduate level. Respondents that had participated in a clinical audit suggested that protected time away from clinical work was required for the process to be completed successfully. This novel study suggests that clinical audit is undertaken to some extent in farm animal practice and that practitioner perception is that it can bring benefits, but was felt that more resources and support were needed for it to be implemented successfully on a wider scale. View Full-Text
Keywords: clinical audit; farm animal veterinary surgeons; quality improvement; experiences; attitudes; questionnaire; survey clinical audit; farm animal veterinary surgeons; quality improvement; experiences; attitudes; questionnaire; survey
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Waine, K.; Dean, R.S.; Hudson, C.; Huxley, J.; Brennan, M.L. A Cross-Sectional Study of Experiences and Attitudes towards Clinical Audit of Farm Animal Veterinary Surgeons in the United Kingdom. Vet. Sci. 2018, 5, 84.

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