MEDICAL AUDIT OF PATIENT CARE: A STUDY OF DOCTORS IN A TERTIARY HEALTH FACILITY IN SOUTH WEST NIGERIA

Ilesanmi OS, Alele FO

Available online Jul 19, 2018.

[ Original ] Volume 24, Issue 2, 2015, Pages 144-149


Abstract

INTRODUCTION
The role of Medical Audit in patient care needs to beexplored.This study aimed to determine doctors' knowledge and practice of Medical
Audit in a tertiary health facility in South West Nigeria.
METHODS
Across-sectional study of 115 consenting doctors at Federal Medical CentreOwo was conducted.A semi-structured, self-administered
questionnaire was used.Data was analyzed using SPSSversion 21. Descriptive statistics were presented using frequency tables and bar
chart,age and year of practice were summarized as mean and standard deviation.Chi square-test was used to compare sociodemographic
variables with doctor's knowledge of Medical Audit. Level of statistical significant was 5%.
RESULT
The mean age of the respondents was 32.5 ± 5.8 years. Males were 78%,and 61.7%were married.The mean duration of practice was
3.3±2.2years.Adequate knowledge of Medical Audit was found in 79% of the respondents while only 53% had practiced it.Formal training
on Medical Audit has not been received by 91.3% of the respondents,80.9%requested for training on Medical Audit.In all,88.0% who had
≥3 years of practice had adequate knowledge compared with only 72.3% of those who had less than three years of practice (p=0.040).
CONCLUSION
Practice of Medical Audit is low though adequate knowledge exist.Training of doctors on Medical Audit is required.


Keywords

Medical Audit;Practice;Care;Quality of care;Patient Care;Training,