Is your study research, audit or service evaluation
It is sometimes difficult to tell whether studies fall under
"research", "audit" or "service evaluation". All these different
types of studies take place within the NHS, and there are different
procedures for each type of study
- Research is designed and conducted to generate new knowledge.
All clinical research requires a sponsoring organisation and
R&D approval. Most of this research will also require ethical
- Audits are designed to find out whether the quality of a
service meets a defined standard. Audits need to go through the UH Bristol
Clinical Audit Department
- Service Evaluations are designed to answer the question "what
standard does this service achieve"?
Non-research studies involving questionnaires and surveys should
go through the UH Bristol Questionnaire, Interview and Survey Group
(QIS). Research studies that do not require ethical approval but
involve questionnaires and surveys should also be submitted to QIS
(e.g. staff surveys).