Hypertension treatment improves since QOF introduction

Treatment of hypertension has improved and the number of people with a high BP left untreated has decreased since introduction of the quality framework (QOF) in 2004, according to the latest Health Survey for England.

Data showed that the proportion of men with uncontrolled hypertension fell from 20 per cent in 2003 to 18 per cent in 2006. Over the same period, uncontrolled hypertension fell from 16 to 13 per cent among women.

Detection and management of hypertension earns GPs up to 83 quality points, worth £10,341.80 to the average GP practice.

Over 14,000 adults and more than 7,000 children were questioned in 2006 by the National Centre for Social Research for the latest Health Survey for England.

It showed that a growing minority of people are eating the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day and exercising for 30 minutes, five times a week.

But despite this, levels of obesity continue to rise.

rachel.liddle@haymarket.com

Health Survey for England

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