Introduction of clinical audit in obstetrics for undergraduate medical students


  • Seema Grover Department of Obstetrics Gynaecology, GGSMC and Hospital, Faridkot, Punjab, India
  • Shashi Kant Dhir Department of Paediatrics, GGSMC and Hospital, Faridkot, Punjab, India
  • Nishi Garg Department of Obstetrics Gynaecology, GGSMC and Hospital, Faridkot, Punjab, India
  • Balpreet Dhaliwal Department of Obstetrics Gynaecology, AIIMS, Bathinda, Punjab, India
  • Dinesh Badyal Department of Pharmacology, CMC and Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India



Clinical audit, Final year MBBS, Caesarean section, Undergraduate


Background: Clinical audit is becoming increasingly important in the healthcare system to ensure a high quality of patient care. Involving the undergraduate medical students in the audit process will help them to understand the subject better and will stimulate them to critically appraise a medical issue. Clinical audit is a hands-on practice of data collection, comparison of current clinical practice with standard and find root cause analysis-based intervention to implement change ideas. Aim and objectives of current study were to introduce audit as a teaching tool in clinical posting of obstetrics and evaluate its impact and acceptability.

Methods: Final year MBBS students were enrolled for the study. The caesarean section was selected as the topic for audit. A pre-test was given before the introduction of Clinical audit. Participants were trained to do a systematic clinical audit including analyzing the collected data. They worked in small groups along with a faculty supervisor. A post-test was taken after one month. Likert scale was used to evaluate the acceptability of this tool by students.

Results: A total of 50 MBBS students of the final semester completed the pre-test, training to use clinical audit and the post-test. The results of pre-test and post-test were compared and a statistically significant improvement was found in the performance of students. This method was found to be an acceptable tool for clinical teaching by 98% of the students.

Conclusions: Final year MBBS Students performed better when clinical audit was used as a teaching tool, which was also well accepted by them.


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