The UK Inflammatory Bowel Disease Audit 1st Round in 2006 was the first UK-wide audit performed within gastroenterology. It demonstrated a marked variation in the resources and quality of care for IBD patients across the UK with particular deficits in some fundamental aspects of IBD care.
Following the 1st audit round, members of the UK IBD audit Steering Group met with representatives of the British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN) and agreed to include Paediatric Gastroenterology (<16 years of age at the date of admission) in the 2nd audit round so that the UK IBD audit could become a truly comprehensive audit encompassing IBD patients of all ages.
- Assess the current structure and organisation of care for those patients with IBD.
- Assess the processes and outcomes of care delivery (inpatient and outpatient) in IBD.
- Enable Trusts to compare their performance and quality of care against national standards.
- Identify resource and organisational factors that may account for variations in care.
- Facilitate, develop and institute an intervention strategy to improve quality of patient care.
- Repeat the audit to prove that change has occurred.
- Establish measures that healthcare services can use beyond the study to compare quality of IBD services.
- Develop a sustainability programme to maintain quality of patient care.