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Table 3 Terminology

From: Effects of auditing patient safety in hospital care: design of a mixed-method evaluation

Term Definition
Internal auditing An independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organisation's operations. It helps an organisation accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluating and improving the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance [10].
Audit process A set of established methods for conducting the audit of a department. It describes the activities of auditors needed to achieve the audit objectives [23].
Audit team A group of experienced, trained, and knowledgeable individuals selected to perform an internal audit. The audit team is responsible for auditing selected departments in its own hospital [23].
Auditee The department or employee of the department being audited [23].