What is a Chart Audit?
Purposes of the Chart Audits
Chart Audits in Quality Improvement
Planning a Chart Audit
Questions to Consider
How to Conduct an Audit
Check Your Understanding
Using Results for Quality Improvement

Module Summary

Key points to remember:

  • Chart audits can be useful tools in improvement and safety efforts.
  • An essential step is to define precisely what you want to measure, and criteria by which you will do it. If you’re floundering, you probably haven’t defined this well enough.
  • Sample sizes can be chosen informally, or determined in a statistically valid fashion.
  • Summarize your data in a way that will be meaningful in addressing your chosen problem.
  • Remember the eight steps!

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