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Asthma (AST) QOF tips

Tips for improving QOF scores in this area and current indicators for 2013/14.

Tips for improving achievement

Somerset GP Dr Steve Holmes, education lead for the Primary Care Respiratory Society says  a quick scan FEV1 test is worthwhile for people with asthma.

'It is also important to optimise the time you spend with patients with asthma,' he says. 'You should tick the boxes you have to, but you should also talk to the patients and make sure their needs are being addressed and that they’re happy with their treatment and have good control.’ 

Current indicators

Asthma (AST) indicators Points Achivement thresholds (all UK countries)

AST001: Thecontractor establishes and maintains a register of patients with asthma, excluding patients with asthma who have been prescribed no asthma-related drugs in the preceding 12 months.



AST002: The percentage of patients aged 8 or over with asthma (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.



AST003: The percentage of patients with asthma who have had an asthma review in the preceding 12 months (15 monhts in Wales) that includes an assessment of asthma control using the three RCP questions.



AST004: The percentage of patients with asthma aged 14 or over and who have not attained the age of 20, on the register, in whom there is a record of smoking status in the preceding 12 months (15 months in Wales.



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