Quality framework boosts blood pressure care

The treatment and control of high blood pressure (BP) has improved significantly since the introduction of the QOF, a UK study has found.

Photograph: iStockphoto
Photograph: iStockphoto

The team from University College London evaluated BP management in 2006 and compared it to management in 2003, a year before the QOF was introduced.

Overall, they found that 53% of women and 52% of men successfully controlled their BP in 2006 compared to 44% of women and 48% of men in 2003.

The arrival of the QOF also increased the prescribing of hypertensive medications.

In 2006, more than 60% of those treated for high BP were receiving two or more anti-hypertensive drugs compared with 56% in 2003.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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