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


This module is designed to help health professionals understand and use chart audits in quality improvement efforts.

The module will cover:

  1. The definition of a medical audit as a means of measuring some component of performance.
  2. The purposes of an audit and how it functions in the cyclic model of quality improvement or provides the basis of further research.
  3. How to conduct an audit following eight sequential steps.
Objectives Click here if you’d like to see the list of formal objectives.
Module Authors
Barbara Gregory, MPH
Victoria S. Kaprielian, MD



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