Letters QOF and premature mortality

Whether QOF has reduced premature death rates is still unclear

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1677 (Published 30 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1677
  1. Martin Roland, professor of health services research1
  1. 1University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 0SR, UK
  1. mr108{at}cam.ac.uk

Premature death rates have been declining for years, and a key question is whether this has anything to do with medical care. Kontopantelis and colleagues try to answer this question in relation to the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF; the UK’s pay for performance scheme for primary care).1 They asked whether GP practice performance on QOF is associated with …

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