How effective are audit and feedback on the practice of healthcare professionals and on patient outcomes?
Most of the studies measured the effects of audit and feedback on doctors, although some of the studies measured the effect on nurses or pharmacists. It was uncertain whether audit and feedback were more effective when combined with other interventions.
Audit and feedback is widely used as a strategy to improve professional practice either on its own or as a component of multifaceted quality-improvement interventions. This is based on the belief that healthcare professionals are prompted to modify their practice when given performance feedback showing that their clinical practice is inconsistent with a desirable target.