| Azlan Othman |
CLINICAL audit is essentially a quality improvement process, in line with the Ministry of Health’s strategic objectives to improve the quality of healthcare as outlined in the National Vision 2035.
This was highlighted by Dr Hjh Rahmah binti Hj Md Said, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health during the third Clinical Audit Symposium yesterday. “Clinical audits help to improve the medical care of patients by ensuring they receive the best clinical care possible through an evidence-based approach.
“Conducting clinical audits could also encourage teamwork and cooperation between audit team members, enable time for staff to meet and reflect on their daily practices and to contribute to future healthcare plans, hence allowing improvement in the overall delivery of clinical services and patient management in the country.” Dr Hjh Rahmah also reiterated the Minister of Health’s speech on the ‘importance of every health centre to strengthen their internal audit programme in a systematic way while following the prescribed rules and guidelines’ during the Excellent Award ceremony last December.
The Clinical Audit Symposium was held by the Primary Health Care Services at the Department of Health Services and attended by over 100 participants comprising primary care and hospital doctors, dentists, nurses and other allied health professionals working in both government and private health institutions in the country.
The theme for this year’s event was ‘From Evidence to Practice; Improving Quality of Primary Health Care Services’. Dr Hjh Rafidah binti Hj Gharif, Head of the Primary Health Care Services at the Department of Health Services, as chairperson of the organising committee, said that this year’s theme was highly appropriate. It is the vision of the department to improve and make changes based on evidence provided by a systematic and critical analysis of the quality of clinical care given locally.
She also congratulated the participants and presenters of the symposium. The morning session saw the presentation of several clinical audits including an audit poster competition. The winner for the best audit presentation was Dr Norafizan binti Hj Hazipin from the Pengkalan Batu Health Centre with the topic, ‘Effectiveness of Care Management in Optimising Chronic Disease Management’ while the best audit poster award went to Berakas ‘A’ Health Centre with the topic, ‘Notification of Gastroentritis’.