How to write up an Audit

An audit is method employed to ensure current practice is in line with standards. Their purpose is to identify areas which can be improved upon and once a change is implemented, practice can be reaudited to make further improvements.  A useful resource is the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership website.  

Audits should be set out in the following format.

1. Title page

  1. title of report
  2. authors
  3. author title and affiliations (e.g. year of study and name of medical school) with one author identified as the corresponding author.  maximum number of authors is four.

2. Abstract

Up to 200 words, with subheadings: introduction, methods, results, discussion and conclusion.

3. Introduction

Basic background on the topic and why you chose to do this audit?

4. Aims and Objectives

5. Audit Standards

6. Methods

Please include the inclusion/exclusion criteria, study period, change implemented etc

7. Results

8. Discussion

Include a very brief review of current literature, limitations of the study and further work.

9. Learning Points

3 brief bullet points of take home messages

10. References

Vancouver style 

11. Declaration

 Conflict of interest?

12. Figures/Tables/Images

Figures should not be embedded in this document, include figure captions only.  Please submit the images seperately as a jpeg file. 

 

How to write up a Case Report

Cases reports can be centered around rare conditions, novel procedures and treatments and unusual presentations of common conditions. If a common case is presented then important clinical lessons must be discussed.  All case reports must be written using the BUJO format below and submission should include a signed BUJO Patient Consent Form from patient(s)/guardian(s). If the patient is dead we strongly encourage you to get consent from the next of kin.

The word limit is 1500 and the format of the paper should follow: 

1. Title page

  1. title of case report
  2. authors
  3. author title and affiliations (e.g. year of study and name of medical school) with one author identified as the corresponding author.  maximum number of authors is four.

2. Abstract

Up to 200 words, with subheadings: introduction, case presentation and conclusion.

3. Introduction

Why you think this case is important?

4. Case Presentation

Presenting features, medical/social/family history

5. Investigations

6. Differential Diagnosis

7. Outcome & Follow-up

8. Discussion

Include a very brief review of similar published cases and review of current literature

9. Learning Points

3 brief bullet points

10. References

Vancouver style

11. Declaration

Patient consent gained? conflict of interest?

12. Figures/Tables/Images/Video Captions

Figures should not be embedded in this document, include figure captions only.  Please submit the images seperately as a jpeg file.