Skip to main page content
Access keys NCBI Homepage MyNCBI Homepage Main Content Main Navigation
. 2009 Sep;6(3):129-32.

Have Quality and Outcomes Framework Depression Indicators Changed Referrals From Primary Care to a Dedicated Memory Clinic?

Affiliations
Free PMC article

Have Quality and Outcomes Framework Depression Indicators Changed Referrals From Primary Care to a Dedicated Memory Clinic?

Simon Fearn et al. Ment Health Fam Med. .
Free PMC article

Abstract

The proportion of patients referred from primary care to dedicated dementia clinics who receive a final diagnosis of dementia is low. Many of these non-demented patients may have depressive disorders, since depression is the most common differential diagnosis of dementia. The UK general practitioner (GP) General Medical Services contract, introduced in April 2006, included a Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) with indicators related to depression. We investigated whether introduction of the QOF Depression Indicators changed the pattern of referrals from primary care to a dedicated dementia clinic. The results indicated that the null hypothesis could not be rejected.

Similar articles

See all similar articles

Cited by 1 article

LinkOut - more resources

Feedback