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A review of the literature on the nurse role in clinical audit

The belief that clinical staff should be continuously seeking to improve patient care is almost as old as the professions themselves (Morrell and Harvey, 1999). In terms of nursing practice, the phrase quality assurance was used to describe this process with the emphasis on setting standards, comparing practice and taking action (Pearson, 1987). However, the recent focus on quality in NHS policy (Department of Health, 1998) has resulted in a determination to produce transparent quality ...

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