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Research, audit and quality improvement

Research, audit and quality improvement Purpose – The purpose of this article is to clarify the distinction between research and audit, and propose appropriate regulatory arrangements for audit and related activities. Design/methodology/approach – The methods used were literature reviews and conceptual analysis. Findings – Research and audit overlap in various ways, but differ in terms of their purposes and the risks likely to be encountered and distinguished, along with a third related category of activities called quality improvement. Practical implications – Appropriate regulatory arrangements are proposed for audit and quality improvement activities. Using these should ensure appropriate ethical standards and risk management, while avoiding the time‐consuming over‐regulation that occurs when projects are unnecessarily submitted to the ethical scrutiny appropriate for research projects. Originality/value – Gives suggestions and information that could be of great value in spreading service improvement. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0952-6862
DOI
10.1108/09526860610642627
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this article is to clarify the distinction between research and audit, and propose appropriate regulatory arrangements for audit and related activities. Design/methodology/approach – The methods used were literature reviews and conceptual analysis. Findings – Research and audit overlap in various ways, but differ in terms of their purposes and the risks likely to be encountered and distinguished, along with a third related category of activities called quality improvement. Practical implications – Appropriate regulatory arrangements are proposed for audit and quality improvement activities. Using these should ensure appropriate ethical standards and risk management, while avoiding the time‐consuming over‐regulation that occurs when projects are unnecessarily submitted to the ethical scrutiny appropriate for research projects. Originality/value – Gives suggestions and information that could be of great value in spreading service improvement.

Journal

International Journal of Health Care Quality AssuranceEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2006

Keywords: Research; Auditing; Quality improvement; Specifications

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