Two Common Pitfalls in Clinical Audit: Failing to Complete the Audit Cycle and Confusing Audit with Research

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This article explores two common pitfalls for occupational therapists in carrying out clinical audit: failing to complete the audit cycle to bring about actual improvements in practice and confusing audit with research. Given the demanding circumstances under which most clinicians work, these problems are neither surprising nor unique to occupational therapy.

This article defines clinical audit and summarises good practice in audit. The difficulties with completing the audit cycle are explored and some solutions are suggested. The difference between clinical audit and research is discussed, with strategies for avoiding confusion.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1999

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at

    Submissions can be made at

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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