Will the changes to the QOF mental health indicators improve care for people with severe mental illness?

This article describes the changes made to the mental health clinical indicators in the General Medical Services Contract for 2011/12. The likely effect from these changes directly on patient care is discussed.

Key points

  • People with severe mental illness (SMI) have a high incidence of cardiovascular disease causing premature death due to a combination of lifestyle factors and the side-effects of antipsychotic medication
  • The QOF is an incentive scheme for GP practices in the UK, rewarding them for how well they care for patients
  • The changes to the mental health QOF 2011/12 mean that people with SMI are still unlikely to be offered appropriate interventions

Reference

Hardy, S. Will the changes to the QOF mental health indicators improve care for people with severe mental illness?  British Journal of Wellbeing, Vol. 2, Issue 5, 31 May 2011, pp 22-25

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