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Revisiting the evaluation of clinical practice


Matthew J. Leach, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, North Terrace Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia. Email:


The evaluation of patient care is an ongoing process that is aimed at improving clinical outcomes, as well as advancing clinical practice. However, a number of elements need to be taken into account when evaluating clinical practice, including social, structural and process factors. Consideration of these factors, together with comprehensive and holistic assessment, clinical expertise, reflective thinking, and valid and reliable instrumentation, will allow practitioners to better evaluate clinical care, and in effect, improve client outcomes.