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Clinical audit and peer review

Clinical audit encourages individual GDPs to examine difference aspects of their practice, to make improvements where the need is identified and, from time to time, to re-examine areas that have been audited to make certain that a high quality of service is being maintained.

Peer review provides an opportunity for groups of dentists to get together to review aspects of practice. The aim is to share experiences and identify areas in which changes can be made to improve the quality of service offered to patients.
When considering a topic for clinical audit, the following information should usually be included in the project outline:

  • A brief outline of the aims and objectives of the project as well as the standards to be set

  • A summary of the methodology, including details of data sample sizes, recording methods and proposed methods of data nalysis

  • If possible, a timetable of activity

  • Proposed educational source materials.

Consider starting with an audit projects with pre-set methodologies (cookbook audits) are available:

Patient waiting times
The quality of radiographs

A clinical audit of inferior alveolar nerve blocks’ is included here as an example of best practice.The BDA is grateful to the author for letting us use the project on these pages.


Audit spreadsheet - bitewing (v1)

Audit spreadsheet - digital bitewing (v1)

Audit spreadsheet - periapical (v1)

Audit spreadsheet - digital periapical (v1)