Can a facilitated programme promote effective multidisciplinary audit in secondary care teams? An exploratory trial

Francine M Cheater, Hilary Hearnshaw, Richard Baker, Michael Keane

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    This 24-month exploratory study evaluated whether a 6-month programme supported by a trained external facilitator was feasible, acceptable and led to the adoption of a multidisciplinary approach to audit by secondary care staff. Undertaken in five acute hospital sites in the East Midlands UK, 22 multidisciplinary teams were randomised to either an intervention or control arm. Employing mixed methods, a range of outcomes, including collaborative behaviour, was measured. The intervention was feasible and acceptable to staff. Involvement in the facilitated programme had a positive impact on self-reported knowledge (P=0.000 post-intervention and at 4-months follow-up), skills (P=0.000 post-intervention and P=0.02 at 4-months follow-up) and attitudes (P
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)779-91
    Number of pages13
    JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2005


    • Assertiveness
    • Cooperative Behavior
    • Feasibility Studies
    • Great Britain
    • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
    • Hospitals, Public
    • Humans
    • Inservice Training
    • Medical Audit
    • Patient Care Team
    • Research Design

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