Audit: teaching medical students in general practice


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Summary. Audit is being seen as an increasingly important topic for medical students. Many departments of general practice in the UK now incorporate audit as part of their course work. It remains controversial as to whether this is perceived to be worthwhile by the students. Following an introductory seminar final‐year medical students at the University of Glasgow were asked to perform a case‐note review of 10 randomly chosen diabetic patients for a number of process and outcome measures during their practice attachments. Feedback was given in their final teaching session. 128/153 (84%) students completed an evaluation of the course on their knowledge and attitudes to audit. Unsurprisingly, 39% found the data collection boring or very boring; however, 60% found the feedback session very interesting or interesting. Both the data collection and the feedback were considered relevant by the majority of students (57% and 70% respectively). Students' self‐reported knowledge also dramatically increased (P < 0.0001). 1993 Blackwell Publishing

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-502
Number of pages8
JournalMedical Education
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1993


  • *education, medical, undergraduate
  • *medical audit
  • curriculum
  • family practice/*educ
  • Scotland
  • teaching/methods


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