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a boy using inhaler imageApril 26 2018

NICE is consulting on amending Quality and Outcome Framework indicators around the new asthma guideline. In particular, it is looking at the amended age ranges for the QOF.

For indicator IND 27, “the current QOF register for asthma does not have a lower age limit,” says the consultation. “The proposed amendment includes a lower age limit of children aged 5 or over because the NICE asthma guideline (NG80) notes that it can be difficult to confirm asthma diagnosis in children under 5.”

The purpose of amending IND 27 “will be to maintain a register of people with asthma aged 5 years and over who will benefit from proactive and structured review.”

For IND 28, the proposed change is to bring down the age from 8 to 5 so that the indicator is: “The percentage of patients, aged 5 and over (diagnosed on or after 1 April 2006), on the register, with measures of variability or reversibility recorded between 3 months before or any time after diagnosis.”

Similarly for IND 29, the amended version introduces a lower age limit of 5 years to reflect the NICE asthma guideline: “The percentage of patients with asthma, on the register, aged 5 years and over who have had an asthma review in the preceding 12 months that includes an assessment of asthma using either spirometry or peak flow measurement, and assessment of inhaler technique.”

Comments should be made to NICE by May 21, so that feedback can be presented to the NICE Indicator Advisory Committee in June 2018

Link:
NICE consultation on indicators            
NICE Indicator Programme ‘Consultation on amendments to the NICE asthma indicators for general practice’             

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