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QOF indicators: the joke's on you

From Dr Jane Wilcock,Salford

From Dr Jane Wilcock,Salford

I understand that the following new QOF indicators have been agreed by the Government for introduction on 1 April 2007.

Obesity indicators

1 The practice can produce a register of patients aged 16 and over with a BMI greater than or equal to 30 in the previous 15 months.

2 The practice can produce a register of patients aged 16 and over with a BMI greater than or equal to 30 in the past 15 months who own a skipping rope.

Alcohol indicators

1 The practice can produce a register of patients aged 16 and over who have a record of excess alcohol intake, exceeding national units for their sex, per week, in the past 15 months.

2 The practice can produce a register of patients over 16 who binge-drank, according to National Alcohol Team guidelines, in the past 15 months, excluding Christmas.

3 The practice can produce a register of patients over 16 years old, who are drinking to excess as indicator 1 and who have brought their full bottles of alcohol to the practice and their empties to the recycling bin.

Storage indicators

1 The practice can produce a register of patients over 16 who have collected one empty glass jar for storage.

2 The practice can produce a register of patients over 16 years old who collected an empty glass jar for storage and referred them to the EPOS, Early Prevention of Obsessive Storage group, run by the PCO.

General practice indicators

1 The practice can produce a register of GPs who have advanced secretarial skills.

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