QOF signals missed opportunity for dementia
Published 14 June 2012
Today, NICE has backed measures to improve support of dementia carers by approving targets on registering and assessing dementia carers in the NHS Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF).
- The percentage of patients with dementia with the contact details of a named carer on their record.
- The practice has a register of patients who are carers of a person with dementia.
- The percentage of carers (of a person with dementia) who have had an assessment of their health and support needs in the preceding 12 months.
Alzheimer's Society comment:
'While we welcome targets for GPs to help them support carers, we are disappointed that encouraging the early diagnosis of dementia has been ignored. People can battle for years to get a formal diagnosis. Yet a diagnosis allows people to make sense of what is happening to them, gives vital access to services and reduces the costs of crisis care. GPs are the gatekeepers to making this happen. Not including an indicator to improve early diagnosis is a missed opportunity.
'By 2021 there will be a million people living with dementia. It's crucial that the QOF is reformed to support GPs to improve diagnosis rates.'
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