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GPs less likely to meet care home quality targets

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The quality of chronic disease care under the GP performance related pay system – the quality and outcomes framework – is poorer for care homes residents than those living in the community, according to a BMJ study.

Researchers compared data on 10,387 care home and 403,259 community residents with long term conditions, finding GPs were less likely to meet relevant quality targets for care home residents.

The largest differences were for cardiovascular prescribing and diabetes monitoring.

The authors argue that QOF should include measures more relevant to care homes residents such as pain management, falls and continence care.

 

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  • Put away and forgotten

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  • a doctor is a doctor and a patient a sick person. what on earth does performance related pay have to do with it? or is this what drives doctors to do their work? in that case you might just as well employ a supermarket manager to minister to the sick.

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