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The effect of audit and feedback on data recording in the accident and emergency department.
  1. J M Hanson,
  2. G Johnson,
  3. M J Clancy
  1. Department of Accident and Emergency Medicine, St James's University Hospital Leeds, West Yorkshire.


    Thirteen newly appointed senior house officers (SHOs) at two hospitals were assessed in the recording of two variables: Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) and diagnostic coding at Hospital A, and GCS at Hospital B. At Hospitals A and B baseline recordings of these variables were established. Active feedback (in the form of data presentation and discussion) was given at 6 and 11 weeks and a final 4-week audit was performed on GCS recordings at 20 weeks. Analysis of GCS recordings of head injuries at Hospitals A and B showed an increase from baseline values of 162/401 (40%) to 336/420 (80%) after feedback 1, and after feedback 2 recordings increased to 379/429 (88%). This was maintained in the last 4-week audit which showed recordings of 220/244 (90%). Further analysis of Hospital A's data showed the SHOs recorded diagnostic coding in 1335/4406 (30%) of cases. After feedback 1, recordings increased to 2550/3327 (77%). After feedback 2 there was no change in recording 2712/3530 (77%). Active feedback improves data recording. The first feedback has a greater impact than the second. Two feedbacks produce a sustained effect in 6 months.

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