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Are the NHS national outcomes frameworks past their sell-by date?

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  • i Accountable care organisation comprise a provider/s or other organisation commissioned to deliver a wide range of health and care services to a defined population, under a contract that specifies the outcomes and other objectives deliverable within a given budget and period of time.

  • Handling editor Mary Dixon-Woods

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Author note The Department of Health commissioned The King’s Fund to report on how clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are using the NHS Outcomes Framework and whether changes to it are indicated. The King’s Fund submitted its report to the Department of Health in May 2017. The Department did not fund this paper, or have any role in the writing of it or the decision to submit it for publication. The views expressed are those of the authors.

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