EuroSafe Imaging 2020
Action 6 - Clinical audit tool for imaging, Radiation physics, Radioprotection / Radiation dose, CT, Digital radiography, Education, Safety, Quality assurance, Not applicable
N. Mahmood, C. Law, R. Curcio, M. Hierath, A. Brady, A. G. Rockall, G. Frija, L. Bonomo, D. Howlett
There is an increasing emphasis on improving both quality and consistency of radiological clinical audit throughout Europe. Not only is this mandated as compulsory by the EU-BSSD, but is a key way of improving patient care and outcomes1. A recent survey conducted by the ESR in November 2018 suggested that additional audit infrastructure needed to be in place to support departments2. The ESR has made it a priority to improve clinical audit across European radiology departments and not only identified areas where improvements are required but introduced several measures to address the non-compliance with BSSD requirements.
To enable effective clinical audit, clinical audit system at both internal (departmental) and external (National) levels need to be well established. The aforementioned survey suggested that the European National Societies may be able to direct internal audit through their corresponding relevant radiological department and enhance the quality of audit2.
The purpose of this current survey is to re-assess audit uptake across radiology departments within all countries with National Society membership and gauge how feasible it is for the external bodies, such as the ESR and National Societies, to direct internal clinical audit. This requires evaluating the effectiveness of communication between National societies and their relevant departments.