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Table 1 The Quality and Outcomes Framework targets for the recording of smoking status and cessation advice in primary care medical records

From: The impact of the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) on the recording of smoking targets in primary care medical records: cross-sectional analyses from The Health Improvement Network (THIN) database

  2004 2006 2008
  No co-morbidity Co-morbidity† No co-morbidity Co-morbidity† No co-morbidity Co-morbidity
Smoking status   The percentage of patients with any one or combination of these conditions whose notes record smoking status in the previous 15 months. Except those who have never smoked where the smoking status need only be recorded once since diagnosis. The percentage of patients aged over 15 years whose notes The percentage of patients with any one or combination of these conditions whose notes record smoking status in the previous 15 months. Except those who have never smoked where the smoking status need only be recorded once since diagnosis. The percentage of patients aged over 15 years whose notes The percentage of patients with any one or combination of these conditions whose notes record smoking status in the previous 15 months. Except those who have never smoked where the smoking status need only be recorded once since diagnosis.
Cessation advice The smoking status of patients age 15 – 75 is recorded for at least 55 per cent of patients The percentage of patients with any one or combination of these conditions who smoke whose notes contain a record that smoking cessation advice or referral to a specialist service, where available, has been offered within the previous 15 months. record smoking status in the past 27 months, except those who have never smoked where smoking status need be recorded only once. The percentage of patients with any one or combination of these conditions who smoke whose notes contain a record that smoking cessation advice or referral to a specialist service, where available, has been offered within the previous 15 months. record smoking status in the past 27 months. The percentage of patients with any one or combination of these conditions who smoke whose notes contain a record that smoking cessation advice or referral to a specialist service, where available, has been offered within the previous 15 months.
  1. †Co-morbidity 2004 & 2006 = coronary heart disease, diabetes mellitus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or stroke, asthma, hypertension.
  2. Co-morbidity 2008 = As for 2006 co-morbidities + chronic kidney disease (CKD), Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or other psychoses (“psychoses”).