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Abstract

The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is a voluntary annual reward and incentive programme for all GP surgeries in England, detailing practice achievement results. The QOF gives an indication of the overall achievement of a surgery through a points system. Using this database, you can :
* find the overall achievement score for any practice
* breakdown the achievement by a series of clinical measures
* compare local surgery achievement with other surgeries and the local PCT and England averages
* discover explanations of the QOF clinical indicators
* export simple data tables of multiple practice results
* search for any GP practice in England.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Clinical care, organisational, patient experience, additional services and holistic care.
Variables

Asthma, atrial fibrillation, cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary heart disease, dementia, depression, diabetes mellitus (diabetes), epilepsy, heart failure, hypertension, hypothyroidism, learning disabilities, mental health, obesity, palliative care, smoking, stroke or transient ischaemic attacks (tia), education and training, medicines management, patient communication, practice management, records and information about patients, patient experience (includes: length of consultation, patient survey), additional services and holistic care.

Keywords
Patient care, GP practice, PCT, performance score, delivery of care, quality of care, quality, patients, indicators, asthma, diabetes, coronary heart disease, prevalence, holistic care, patient experience
Identifier Variables
Practice name, postcode
Economic/Subject Categories
Performance
Area of Health System
Primary care
Disease Area
Cancer, Mental health, Coronary heart disease, Asthma, Diabetes, Stroke, Ischemic heart disease
Data Available
Socio-economic
Data collecting organization (s)
NHS information centre
Data Type
Administrative
National/Regional
National
Coverage (date of field work)
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Unit of Analysis
Aggregate
Sample

Over 8,000 GP practices with over 53.5 million registered patients in England.

Availability
NHS information centre
Conditions of Access
Free access
Link
http://www.qof.ic.NHS.uk/search.asp
Contact
Tel: 08453006016, enquiries@ic.nhs.uk
Publications
Guthrie B. Workload and reward in the Quality and Outcomes Framework of the 2004 general practice contract. Br J Gen Pract 2006; 56(532): 836–841