Quality and Outcomes Framework: Smoke and mirrors?

Ashworth, M. and Kordowicz, Maria (2010) Quality and Outcomes Framework: Smoke and mirrors? Quality in Primary Care, 18 (2). pp. 127-131. ISSN 1479-1072

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Since its inception in 2004 the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) has become embedded in the fabric of day-to-day general practice. Yet despite some of its tangible successes, the QOF's vulnerability to gaming poses challenges to its applicability as the dominant quality improvement framework in primary care. This paper questions whether high QOF scores amount to better care or simply the illusory effects of better data recording. Suggestions for developing QOF are made in the light of its limitations as a public health improvement initiative.

Keywords:primary care, quality, quality and outcomes framework, general practice
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B990 Subjects Allied to Medicine not elsewhere classified
A Medicine and Dentistry > A900 Others in Medicine and Dentistry
L Social studies > L431 Health Policy
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:22 Jul 2020 07:51

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