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Osteoporosis to be trialled for QOF

A set of quality indicators for osteoporosis is to be trialled in general practice with a view to introduction into the GMS contract next year.

Practices in the Isle of Man will follow a set of targets until March 2008, when they have been led to understand they will be brought into the quality and outcomes framework.

The National Osteoporosis Society has submitted proposals to the QOF review based on the trial indicators, which include points for registers, use of DEXA scans and prescribing of bisphosphonates.

Angela Jordan, deputy chief executive and policy department manager at the society, said: 'We want this to be accepted, so we may have to go for fewer indicators, then build on it. But we anticipate they'll be broadly similar to those on the Isle of Man.'

The service has been brought into the Isle of Man in lieu of Choose and Book and will carry 100 points, 30 for signing up and another 70 for achievement of the targets.

Dr Jonathan Bayly, associate lecturer in osteoporosis at the University of Derby, said: 'We are not even beginning to scratch the surface – these patients are suffering needless fractures. There is no excuse for this; the only way to do something about this is through the QOF.'

The QOF review will take place in April and May.

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