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Research, audit and quality improvement

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Roger Paxton, Dr Paula Whitty, Dr Ali Zaatar, Dr Andrew Fairbairn


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Purpose - The purpose of this article is to clarify the distinction between research and audit, and propose appropriate regulatory arrangements for audit and related activities. Design/methodology/approach - The methods used were literature reviews and conceptual analysis. Findings - Research and audit overlap in various ways, but differ in terms of their purposes and the risks likely to be encountered and distinguished, along with a third related category of activities called quality improvement. Practical implications - Appropriate regulatory arrangements are proposed for audit and quality improvement activities. Using these should ensure appropriate ethical standards and risk management, while avoiding the time-consuming over-regulation that occurs when projects are unnecessarily submitted to the ethical scrutiny appropriate for research projects. Originality/value - Gives suggestions and information that could be of great value in spreading service improvement. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Paxton R, Whitty P, Zaatar A, Fairbairn A, Lothian J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance

Year: 2006

Volume: 19

Issue: 1

Pages: 105-111

ISSN (print): 0952-6862

ISSN (electronic): 1758-6542

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1108/09526860610642627

PubMed id: 16548404


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