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Compliance with the RCOG's guidelines on medical record keeping in female sterilisation: a complete audit cycle.
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PMID:  17365459     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Female sterilisation is a major cause of litigation, accounting for 25% of all claims notified to the Medical Defence Union, suggesting that the practice surrounding female sterilisation is less than perfect. Inadequate documentation has been identified as the major cause for complaints and litigation. RCOG published guidelines have emphasised the need for adequate documentation during preoperative counselling. This retrospective audit was carried out with the primary objective to determine whether RCOG's guidelines had been adhered to. Failure to comply with the RCOG guidelines in our study highlights the fact that awareness of published guidelines may not be enough to improve the quality of documentation. This evidence would strongly support the use of a standardised proforma that would improve the quality of documentation during preoperative counselling.
D Yunus; P K Sarkar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology : the journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0144-3615     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynaecol     Publication Date:  2007 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-03-16     Completed Date:  2007-05-04     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309140     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynaecol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  48-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Burnley General Hospital, Burnley, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Forms and Records Control / standards
Great Britain
Guideline Adherence*
Hospitals, General
Medical Audit
Medical Records / standards*
Practice Guidelines as Topic*
Sterilization, Reproductive*

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