TableĀ 1

Key criteria to consider when deciding whether your project is service evaluation, audit or research2 7

Service evaluationAuditResearch
Overall aim (intent)To judge the quality of the current serviceTo measure clinical practice against a standardTo generate new knowledge/add to the body of knowledge
Initiated byService providersService providersResearchers
Involves a new treatmentNoNoSometimes
Allocates patients to treatment groupsNoNoSometimes