Call to add patient-reported outcome measures to QOF

Reports by patients on how their health has improved should be included in the quality framework (QOF), according to an influential parliamentary group.

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Primary Care suggests that patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) be added to the quality framework to ensure it improves public health.

PROMs are currently only used in certain surgical procedures to assess how successful treatment has been. The APPG report suggests that data on patient's health outcomes should be used in the quality framework rather than simply measuring GPs' activity.

The report, GP Access and Health Improvement in Primary Care, is the culmination of an inquiry on access and makes key recommendations to the DoH.  Co-chairman of the APPG is GP Dr Howard Stoate, who is also Labour MP for Dartford, Kent.

The document is highly critical of the government's policy on extended hours, saying ‘a target approach where demand was high was a better way forward than a blanket policy'.

The report also backs the concept of dual registration and the idea of pharmacies being the main place to treat minor ailments.  

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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