|Step 7: Summarize Results
Summarizing the data is a little more complex than just counting up all the data sheets. You must consider how the data will be used, and make sure the information is presented in a way it will be useable.
The trickiest part is often determining the proper denominator to use for percentages. Inconsistencies here can lead to confusing or uninterpretable data.
For example, an audit was done to measure compliance with the guideline that all asthmatics stage 2 or higher should be on anti-inflammatory medication. Of the 50 records reviewed,
- 40% of the patients were stage 2 or higher.
- 40% were on anti-inflammatory medication.
How do you interpret that result?
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