WP 3

WP 3: Survey into the implementation of clinical audit in the Member States.

WP 3 conducted a pre-Survey with the goal of collecting contact details and information on the bodies responsible for clinical audit at the national level in the EU 27 plus the UK, Switzerland, Iceland, and Norway. National representatives from the ESR, EANM and ESTRO were invited to complete the survey and provide links to the relevant authorities etc in their countries. The pre-Survey ran from March to April 2020 and responses were received from all countries targeted.

The information gathered in the pre-Survey informed who was invited to the WP 2 workshop and who was invited to complete the Main Survey, which was designed to gather more detailed information about the current status of clinical audit across Europe. The Main Survey was conducted between March and May 2021. The Survey questions can be viewed here. The survey aimed to assess existing healthcare related clinical audit practice as mandated within the European Basic Safety Standards Directive (Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom). The survey sought to identify potential barriers to effective participation in clinical audit and what provisions/changes might facilitate improvement.

The results of the QuADRANT Main Survey have been analysed and a report submitted to the European Commission. As part of this report, WP 3 has also performed a thorough review of relevant clinical audit and radiation protection related literature and guidance published at national, European, and international levels. Furthermore, a series of interviews were conducted with experts, who provided additional feedback on the results of the Main Survey.

The survey findings were presented in the WP 4 workshop in January 2022 and will form a key part of the QuADRANT project’s final report to the European Commission providing a collection of best practices, guidance and recommendations on improving the integration of clinical audit of medical practice into European healthcare systems in WP 5.

WP Leader: D. Howlett
Co-Leader: F. Giammarile & P. Strojan

WP 3 is in charge of the following tasks:

Task 3.1         Pre-survey to inform WP2 and identify relevant contacts.

Task 3.2         Main survey methodology and design.

Task 3.3         Main survey implementation and data collection.

Task 3.4         Literature review.

Task 3.5         Expert interviews.

Task 3.6         Survey data analysis and reporting, including report on literature review and expert interviews.