Asthma quality points reduce admissions

High quality scores for asthma may have helped cut emergency admission rates for the condition by up to 65 per cent, data from Asthma UK suggests.

Asthma quality points reduce admissions
Asthma quality points reduce admissions

Lower quality framework scores correlated with emergency admission rates more than double the national average in some cases.

The findings come from an analysis of quality framework scores and standardised emergency admission rates for PCTs in England in 2004, the year when the quality was introduced.

This showed that the 5 per cent of PCTs with the highest emergency hospital admission rate for asthma - 79 per cent above the national standard on average - achieved around 87 per cent of the possible score for asthma.

But the 5 per cent of PCTs with the lowest admission rates - 51 per cent below the national rate on average - achieved nearly 94 per cent of quality points for asthma.

In its report, Asthma UK said that much of the variation in emergency admissions for asthma is linked to the quality of care patients receive.

Differences in quality scores account for around 10 per cent of the disparities in admissions across England, Asthma UK said.

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