Killing the Quality and Outcomes Framework won’t decrease prescribing for depression2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2742 (Published 03 May 2013) Cite this as: 2013;346:f2742
- Tony Kendrick, professor of primary care1
- 1Hull York Medical School, University of York, York YO10 5DD, UK
Gillam and Steel imply that the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) has contributed to increased prescribing of antidepressants.1 Where is the evidence? Prescriptions of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors have risen steadily since their introduction in several countries,2 only one of which has a QOF.
We found that prescription increased due to small increments in the proportion of patients put on long term treatment over …
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