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Effect of clinical audits of radiation use in one hospital district in Finland.
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PMID:  19241189     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: A clinical audit is a systematic, independent, and documented process to improve the quality of radiological processes and radiation safety for patients. PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of an audit process by comparing the results of two consecutive audits at the same units. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Audits were carried out twice at each imaging unit in the southwest hospital district of Finland: first, at the end of 2003, and again in November 2007. Both evaluations were carried out in a similar way: by interviewing personnel and examining documents, independent experts from other hospital districts ensured that diagnostic medical imaging processes at each unit were carried out according to generally accepted standards for good medical radiological procedures. The results of the consecutive audits were compared in order to analyze the effects of the clinical audits. RESULTS: The use of radiation was in accordance with the requirements and standards of good medical procedures at every audited unit during both evaluations. The list of audit criteria was fulfilled satisfactorily on both occasions at all of the audited units, and clearly better during the second run. In the first audit, the auditors made 80 recommendations for improving diagnostic procedures and, in the second audit, 53 recommendations. During the first audit, most of the recommendations (22/80) concerned instructions in the fundamental practice of examining a patient. During the second audit, most recommendations were in the category of radiation doses. CONCLUSION: The clinical audit had a positive impact on the practice of work procedures in radiological departments. Most of the recommendations made after the first audit had been taken into consideration by the time of the second audit.
M Hirvonen-Kari; S Salo; K Dean; L Kivisaari
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta radiologica (Stockholm, Sweden : 1987)     Volume:  50     ISSN:  1600-0455     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Radiol     Publication Date:  2009 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-04-17     Completed Date:  2009-05-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8706123     Medline TA:  Acta Radiol     Country:  Sweden    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  389-95     Citation Subset:  IM    
Medical Imaging Center, Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Hospitals / statistics & numerical data*
Medical Audit*
Radiation Dosage
Radiography / utilization*
Radiology / standards*
Radiology Department, Hospital / organization & administration

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