Chapter 1. How to Set Up a Prospective Surgical Audit

  1. Duncan T. Wilcox MBBS, MD, FEAPU Associate Professor3,
  2. Prasad P. Godbole FRCS, FRCS, (Paed) Consultant Paediatric Urologist4 and
  3. Martin A. Koyle MD, FAAP, FACS Professor of Urology Pediatrics Chief5,6
  1. Andrew Sinclair FRCS (Urol) Urology Registrar1 and
  2. Ben Bridgewater MBBS, PhD, FRCS (CTh) Consultant Cardiac Surgeon Clinical Director Director of Clinical Audit2

Published Online: 7 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304183.ch1

Pediatric Urology: Surgical Complications and Management

Pediatric Urology: Surgical Complications and Management

How to Cite

Sinclair, A. and Bridgewater, B. (2008) How to Set Up a Prospective Surgical Audit, in Pediatric Urology: Surgical Complications and Management (eds D. T. Wilcox, P. P. Godbole and M. A. Koyle), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304183.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Pediatric Urology, Rose Mary Haggar Professorship in Urology, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX, USA

  2. 4

    Sheffield Children's NHS Trust, Sheffield, UK

  3. 5

    University of Washington, USA

  4. 6

    Division of Urology, Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle, WA, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Northwest England Regional Rotation, Cheshire, UK

  2. 2

    University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 MAY 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 MAY 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405162685

Online ISBN: 9781444304183



  • how to set up a prospective surgical audit;
  • Clinical audit – “keystones” of clinical governance;
  • reasons for conducting clinical audit – local clinical interests, clinical incident reporting, regional/national initiatives, for health care regulation;
  • data used for audit – routine hospital data, specialty-specific multicenter data, locally derived data;
  • techniques of data collection – good practice in audit;
  • high-quality operational management


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Why conduct prospective audit?

  • What data can be used for audit?

  • Techniques of data collection

  • Good practice in audit

  • Arguments against audit

  • Summary

  • References