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Letters QOF and premature mortality

Study may not be the best approach to assessing link between QOF and premature death

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 30 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1675
  1. Kate E Honeyford, research associate1,
  2. L S Levene, general practice principal, Leicester, and honorary clinical fellow1,
  3. Richard Baker, professor of quality in health care1
  1. 1Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 6TP, UK
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Although Kontopantelis and colleagues found no association between recorded practice performance under the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) and premature death rates, we are not convinced that improvements in healthcare, as measured through QOF, have no impact on population health.1

Our cross sectional studies of premature death from coronary heart disease in a sample of …

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