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Locally adapted QOF led to improvements in patient care for long term conditions

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 23 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4834
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

The introduction of a local Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) alternative in Somerset led to more patient centred care and increased multidisciplinary team working, a new study has found.1

By removing unhelpful QOF components, the alternative scheme allowed GP practices to engage in other schemes aimed at improving care for people with long term conditions.

QOF has been criticised as a box ticking exercise, with both the NHS chief executive and the BMA’s GP Committee chair previously backing its removal. In 2014, NHS England …

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