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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 144-149

Medical audit of patient care: A study of doctors in a tertiary health facility in South West Nigeria

Department of Community Health, Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria

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Department of Community Health, Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State
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DOI: 10.4103/1115-2613.278301

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INTRODUCTION The role of Medical Audit in patient care needs to beexplored.This study aimed to determine doctors' knowledge and practice of Medical Audit in a tertiary health facility in South West Nigeria. METHODS Across-sectional study of 115 consenting doctors at Federal Medical CentreOwo was conducted.A semi-structured, self-administered questionnaire was used.Data was analyzed using SPSSversion 21. Descriptive statistics were presented using frequency tables and bar chart,age and year of practice were summarized as mean and standard deviation. Chi square-test was used to compare sociodemographic variables with doctor's knowledge of Medical Audit. Level of statistical significant was 5%. RESULT The mean age of the respondents was 32.5 ± 5.8 years. Males were 78%,and 61.7% were married.The mean duration of practice was 3.3±2.2years.Adequate knowledge of Medical Audit was found in 79% of the respondents while only 53% had practiced it.Formal training on Medical Audit has not been received by 91.3% of the respondents,80.9% requested for training on Medical Audit.In all,88.0% who had =3 years of practice had adequate knowledge compared with only 72.3% of those who had less than three years of practice (p=0.040). CONCLUSION Practice of Medical Audit is low though adequate knowledge exist.Training of doctors on Medical Audit is required.

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