Guide to managing ethical issues in quality improvement or clinical audit projects

Guidance | Published: 08 Feb 2017

May 2020

This guide is intended to help those responsible to review and develop arrangements for the effective ethics oversight of QI and clinical audit activities, as required. The content in the guide is derived from an extensive search and review of published literature on ethics and QI on clinical audit carried out by Healthcare Quality Quest.

Whilst this guide remains relevant and useful, please also see the papers listed below which have been published since the HQIP guide was produced in 2017.

Accommodating quality and service improvement research within existing ethical principles

Ethical oversight in quality improvement

What does ‘quality’ add? Towards an ethics of healthcare improvement

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Guide to managing ethical issues in quality improvement or clinical audit projects