Research Methodology Audit Assignment Guidelines
Diabetes educators should continuously improve the quality and safety of diabetes care. A clinical audit can be used as a quality improvement project. Diabetes educators play a key role in helping individuals with diabetes manage their condition and prevent complications. One way that diabetes educators can improve the quality and safety of diabetes care is by conducting a clinical audit.
A clinical audit is a systematic process for evaluating the quality of care provided to patients. It involves reviewing the care provided to a sample of patients and comparing it to established standards or guidelines. This can help to identify areas where care can be improved and can provide a basis for implementing quality improvement projects.
Some potential steps in conducting a clinical audit as a quality improvement project for diabetes care might include:
Identifying the focus of the audit: This could be a specific aspect of diabetes care, such as blood glucose control, or a broader area, such as overall diabetes management.
Developing audit criteria: This involves establishing the standards or guidelines that will be used to evaluate the care provided to patients. This can include clinical guidelines, professional standards, and best practices.
Collecting data: This involves gathering data on the care provided to a sample of patients. This can include reviewing medical records, interviewing patients and healthcare providers, and collecting patient outcomes data.
Analyzing the data: This involves reviewing the data collected and comparing it to the audit criteria to identify areas where care falls short of established standards.
Developing recommendations for improvement: Based on the findings of the audit, diabetes educators can develop recommendations for improving the quality and safety of diabetes care. This can involve implementing new protocols or processes, providing additional education or training, or seeking additional resources or support.
Implementing and monitoring changes: Once recommendations for improvement have been developed, it is important to implement them and monitor their impact on the quality and safety of care. This can involve collecting additional data and comparing it to the audit criteria to assess the impact of the changes. A clinical audit is ‘a quality improvement process that seeks to improve the patient care and outcomes through systematic review of care against explicit criteria and the implementation of change’.  It helps to operationalise the concepts of quality care in diabetes management.
During the audit workshop, you would have learnt the use of PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act) cycle as an audit tool. This assignment requires you to prepare an audit report related to the quality or safety of diabetes care provided in your workplace using PDSA cycle audit tool.
Upon completion of this assignment, you should be able to:
• discuss the purpose of audit and the reasons for an audit
• discuss the quality management/audit process in maintaining good standards of diabetes care.
• Write an audit report related to an identified area for improvement in diabetes management in your workplace.
• Your audit report can be retrospective or prospective in nature.
• Identify an area of your practice that you would like to improve the quality or safety of diabetes care provided. During the workshop, you will be using the PDSA cycle as a clinical audit tool to structure iterative development of change to improve the identified area of your practice. Areas that you may wish to consider for this audit process include (but not limited to):
o patients, referrals, and/or follow-ups
o screening or assessments
o interventions provided
o patient clinical outcomes
o documentation of patient care
• Your report should contain no less than 2000 words (excluding references), use Arial font size 12, 1.5-line spacing, use Vancouver referencing style. References need to be latest of 5 years
• The written audit report should include:
• Be concise and explicit to reflect the audit objectives
• Give a brief background of your workplace.
• Describe the identified challenges in maintaining good standards of diabetes care at your workplace.
3. Methods (Scope paragraph)
This section contains 5 sub-sections – Objective and Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA). Objective
• Explain and state the objectives of your audit exercise in addressing the identified challenges in maintaining good standards of diabetes care at your workplace.
You can either describe an audit that you have already done (retrospective), or an audit that you are planning to do (prospective). Clearly state if your audit is retrospective or prospective in nature.
• Plan – Describe your plan to improve the quality of diabetes management care in your workplace. Your plan should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely.
• Do – Describe the methods taken or planned to execute the audit plan. Write down all action steps you took or planned to achieve your audit exercise. Include details, such as the date of the audit, areas audited, standards used, persons involved, strength and weakness, deviation from a standard and any other observations.
• Study – Present the obtained or forecast results after execution of the audit plan. You can present your results in the form of tables, charts or figures. Write a brief summary of your results and identify the gaps found in your audit.
• Act – State the actions you took or will take to standardise and/or improve the gaps found in your audit.
• Based on GIBBS model, reflect upon the implication of your action plan set in improving the quality of diabetes management care in your workplace.
 Copeland G. 2005. A Practical Handbook for Clinical Audit. NHS Clinical Governance Support Team.
Audit assignment rubric assessment
Assessment Criteria 9 – 10 Weightage Marks
Background (Plan) Demonstrate excellent understanding of the purpose of audit activity within the application of diabetes care
management in respective workplace 5%
Rationale (objectives) for conducting audit
(Plan) The audit study is important & there is a good attempt to build on existing audit. 5%
Audit design (Do) It is written clearly & the methods are supportive and coherent to the audit purpose. It contains all
key elements of the methods. 25%
Audit evaluation (Study) • ALL indicators are monitored & measured against policies, objectives, and requirements for the diabetes care service. 25%
• The evaluation reported is valid and accurate in a comprehensive
Practicality of action plan/areas for improvement (Including reflection) (Act) • ALL action plans are set in practical, feasible manner within the structure of workplace setting.
• Well thought for all aspects in areas of improvement 25%
Organisation • The audit document is excellently organised.
• All sections of the audit document are present in an excellent flow of
writing across and within sections. 10%
Grammar, punctuation & spelling No grammar, punctuation or spelling errors that appears the
audit was clearly proofread. 5%
The plan should be like this – changes are allowed but kindly follow the tittle
Assessment of Insulin Injection practice of nurses employed within six months to two years in a private hospital.
I am a diabetes educator working in private hospital. My job scope is to educate inpatient patients, outpatients and nurses in this hospital related to diabetes. Good practice on insulin injection practice is important for nurses in order to administer insulin dosages correctly and to educate the patient or family. Based on this, I decided to conduct a study on nurses employed within six months to two years in the hospital on their insulin injection practice.
This study aimed to assess the current practice of insulin injection by nurses employed within six months to two years in the private hospital
Audit relevant questions/ predictions Desired outcome/ hypothesis
What is the assessment and education? Assessment on insulin injection practice by nurses employed within six months to two years in the private hospital
Educating nurses on right injection practice
Who is the assessor? Diabetes Educator (DE)
Who is being assess? Newly join nurses within 6 months of experience – 2years of experience in private hospital
How is the assessment conducted? Pre intervention:
1. Questionnaire on nurses’ demographic information and insulin injection step practice via checklist.
2. Observe the nurses perform injection practice on patient.
3. Each correct question given score “1” and incorrect practice given score “0”
4. Identify steps that need improvement
1. Assess insulin injection practice by nurses employed within six months to two years.
When is the assessment? When diabetes patient requires insulin therapy initiation
Where is the assessment occurring? Inpatient wards 5A, 5B, 4A, 4B, 3A, 3B, 2A, 5C, 5D (Medical and Surgical Ward)
How many nurses will be assessed per day? Approximately 6 nurses per day will be observed
How many total nurses will be selected for this audit? Approximately 30 nurses
Description of plan for audit activities:
– Audit conducted in Inpatient wards 5A, 5B, 4A, 4B, 3A, 3B, 2A, 5C, 5D (Medical and Surgical Ward)
– An emailed will be sent out to respective ward manager for accessibility unit to conduct the audit
– Audit will be started from 1/12/2022 – 30/12/2022
– Schedule and activities as below:
1/12/2022 – 9/12/2022 Pre – assessment on nurse’s injection practice
12/12/2022 – 16/12/2022 Identify steps that need to improvement and materials for training
19/12/2022- 23/12/2022 Educate the nurses on right injection practice
26/12/2022 – 30/12/2022 Post – assessment on nurse’s injection practice
31/12/2022 – 7/1/2023 Analyse the data
Assessment method will be used for this audit. The nurses will be audited from a form prepared via Microsoft Forms. During assessment nurse need to fill their demographic information followed by DE will be assessing the nurse on insulin injection step practice via Microsoft Forms. DE will score the nurses according to the Forms. The questionnaire of this audit prepared based on previous literature which is Forum for injection technique -Malaysia (FIT-MY), with modifications. There are two parts of the questionnaire with a total of 27 questions. The description of questions as below:
Part 1- Demographics Descriptions
Current Education level Diploma / Degree / Post Basic
Years of experience in current hospital 6 months – 3 years
Years of experience in previous hospital 6 months – 3 years
How frequent do you give insulin injection to patient
Any exposure in handling diabetes patient Yes / No
Any previous training on insulin injection practice Yes / No
Part 2: Steps of Insulin Injection
A. Prepare Insulin pen device
1. Hand wash / Hand rub
2. Prepared equipment:
• alcohol swab
• insulin pen device
• insulin needle
• Sharp bin
• Laptop with MCC
3. Check insulin for:
• right insulin name
• expiry date
• discolouration or clumps, discard insulin if these occur
4. ***For cloudy insulin, mix the insulin by turning the pen up and down gently 20 times
5. Attached needle to the insulin pen
6. Prime pen :
• dial 2 units,
• remove outer and inner needle shields
• Expel air
7. Dial for the dose as prescribed
B. Administer Insulin
8. Greet patient and explain the procedure
9. Check for the right patient:
i. Ask for patient name
ii. Check name against ID Band
10. Recheck insulin name and dosage
11. Select injection site & clean with alcohol swab.
– Inspect for presence of lipohypertrophy
– Avoid inject areas with lump, bruise or scar
12. Grip a fold of skin at injection site
13. Inject insulin at 90-degree angle
14. Press pen button slowly until indicator show “zero”
15. Count to 10 slowly before withdrawing the needle from the skin
16. Recap needle using single handed / by forceps.
17. Inform patient:
A. mealtime if the meal bolus insulin is given:
– Novorapid, Novomix, Humalog, Humalog mix 25, Humalogmix 50, Apidra (Eat immediately after the injection)
– Mixtard, Insugen R, Insugen 30/70 – eat 20mins after the injection
B. Observe and notify hypoglycemia signs & symptoms
18. Store insulin pen
– Unscrew needle from pen & discard it in sharp bin
– Store insulin pen at room temperature
19. Document in MCC
Part 2 question about the steps of insulin injection practices by the nurses, each step done correctly given score “1” and incorrect practice given score “0”. Total score of 20 with passing marks 80%
Study and analyse the data (kindly refer the excel file for pre assessment data – you may change it according to current Evidence based practice / post assessment data can be edited by writer showing there was improvement)
Plan your data analysis
Corrective action required