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Is the new NHS outcomes framework fit for purpose?

Abstract

The coalition government's new NHS outcomes framework aims to refocus the NHS on improving outcomes for patients, avoiding the ‘bureaucracy’ and ‘clinical distortions’ of previous target-based approaches. The authors argue that its implementation will need a wider focus than on outcomes alone if the underlying goals of the NHS reforms—improving healthcare quality and outcomes in England—are to be achieved.

  • Medical education
  • surgery
  • audit and feedback
  • patient satisfaction
  • general practice
  • health policy
  • medical error
  • measurement/epidemiology
  • mortality (standardized mortality ratios)

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