Background United Kingdom general practitioners
receive payment based on their
performance in multiple clinical
indicators. We set out to apply the same
indicators in an Australian general
practice to benchmark our performance
and to see how much work was
required to obtain the data.
Discussion United Kingdom QOF clinical data is
obtainable relatively easily in a well
computerised Australian rural general
practice. The exercise identified
significant areas in which clinical
performance could be improved.
Results Outcome measures were obtainable for
79 out of 80 indicators. Manual perusal
of computer records was required for
16 indicators. Data collection takes
approximately 130 hours. The Australian
general practice achieved 66% of
available pay for performance points
compared to the UK average of 97%.
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