QOF 'improves' diabetes outcomes

The quality framework has been instrumental in improving diabetes outcomes, according to the DoH.

A DoH report into the progress of diabetes care describes it as ‘one of the outstanding achievements of the quality framework’.

Not only has the number of people receiving diabetes tests increased each year since the quality framework was introduced, but the outcomes of the tests have been improving, says the report.

Around 2,000 sufferers have been identified every week since tests for diabetes were introduced into the quality framework.

But the report predicts that there could still be up to 400,000 undiagnosed cases of diabetes in the UK. The DoH hopes that the vascular risk assessment programme will identify an additional 25,000 cases of diabetes per year.

The DoH also hopes to improve awareness of diabetes and increase the availability of home delivery services for insulin pumps, the report says.


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