NICE and the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) 2009-2011
Source: Quality in Primary Care, Volume 20, Number 1, February 2012 , pp. 47-55(9)
Publisher: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.
Abstract:The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has been responsible for managing the process of developing new clinical and health improvement indicators for the United Kingdom (UK) Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) and reviewing the current QOF clinical indicator set since April 2009. This paper sets out in detail the NICE-led process for QOF indicator development and describes experience to date (2009-2011) in four key areas: prioritisation of clinical guideline recommendations by the QOF advisory committee, development and piloting of quality indicators, cost-effectiveness analysis and retirement of QOF indicators. It concludes by reflecting on potential future developments of the QOF.
Document Type: Research article
Affiliations: 1: Technical Adviser, Health and Social Care Directorate, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), Manchester, UK 2: Professor of Primary Care, School of Health and Population Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK 3: Professor of Health Economics, York Health Economics Consortium, University of York, York, UK 4: Consultant Clinical Adviser, Health and Social Care Directorate, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), Manchester, UK
Publication date: 2012-02-01