Investigative Audit and Duty of Care reviews are complex and time consuming, so it is important to ensure they are entered at the appropriate time and are properly conducted. Source Pathology's Duty of Care and Investigative Audit services provide a confidential, efficient, and swift means of undertaking reviews using an independent panel of specialist pathologists.
An Investigative Audit scrutinises a sample of cases to establish if there are valid concerns about the performance of an individual pathologist. In the specific instance of cellular pathology, cases should be re-reported, and any discrepancies or errors identified should be classified according to The Royal College of Pathologists’ system of categorisation. An Investigative Audit differs from a Duty of Care review and has different outcomes; they should not be confused. An Investigative Audit review is a systematic review of individual patient cases to ensure that the patient has received the correct or optimal care.
The principal aim of a Duty of Care review is to detect and prevent possible harm to patients. Normally, a Duty of Care review should only be conducted when concerns or allegations about the performance of an individual pathologist or team have been substantiated, for example by an Investigative Audit.