Research Vs. Audit - is not the same..Created by:
Some people do alwways confuse between research and audit. Research and audit are both different entities, that serve different purpose, But, sometime, it does appear that audit may cross over the line to become a research. The simple definition of research is a systematic study or investigation of a specific question, in order to identify new knowlegde. Audit is the sytematic review of current clinical practice, comparing against the standar practice (guideline), aim to assess, evaluate, and improve current clinical practice. The audit cycles include identifing the area or issue in clinical practice of interest, then set the criteria or standards guideline to compare with, then gathering the data from current practice, and then use the data collected to compare with the standard guideline, identifying the deficiency and implemne change. Re-audit is important to complete the audit cycle,. We need ethical approval for all the research, but audit does not require ethical approval. Anyone has some across any issue of uncertainty about whether their nature of their project, either research or audit ??? Any other comment or suggestion ?