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New dementia targets are proposed for GPs in next year’s QOF

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 02 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4902
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

General practitioners will be asked to help ensure that patients with possible dementia are treated more quickly and get help sooner as part of new indicators in the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) for next year.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the health and social care guidance body, published its proposed new indicators for next year’s framework on 1 August.1

The institute’s proposed benchmarks for the 2014-15 framework—the voluntary annual incentive scheme that rewards general practices for improvements in the quality of care provided for patients—include 10 new indicators, falling under four broad clinical areas.

These include four on mental health and behavioural conditions and one that deals with the percentage of patients with dementia who have a …

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