Proposal to drop depression from GP quality indicators sparks outcry

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 08 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5073
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Several mental health organisations have reacted angrily to proposals that some target indicators on depression in the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) for GPs in England should be dropped.

QOF, the Department of Health’s incentive scheme that rewards GPs for how well they care for patients, is being updated, with the intention of improving the quality of care across general practice.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), which now leads on changes to QOF, published its proposed indicators for 2012-13 on 1 August.

The new “menu” of 18 indicators will help target resources where they are most needed and deliver the best outcomes among patients, said NICE. Each new indicator has been piloted across a range of general practices and is based on up to date evidence, it …

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