The Annual Dementia Review: a qualitative study of experiences, attitudes and views of General Practitioners
- Principal Investigator: Johanne Dow
- 31 March 2020 to 30 September 2020
- Project No: 476
- Funding round: FR19
Government health policies often recognise the big impact of dementia on people with the condition and their families. To improve dementia care in primary care in England, measures, called indicators, for dementia have been included in the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF). These indicators are reviewed every year. They cover the management of long-term conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and dementia, preventive services, such as blood pressure checks, and public health concerns such as smoking and obesity1. These indicators have points attached that are given to GP practices based on how they are doing. Practices achieving a certain number of points will receive a financial reward. The QOF currently states that people with dementia should have a face-to-face dementia review with their general practitioner (GP) every year. Although GPs report that they are meeting this target, we also know that people with dementia and their families don’t always receive the most suitable help.
This study will look at what currently happens in annual dementia reviews. We will talk to GPs about:
i) how annual dementia reviews are organised and undertaken in their practice
ii) what are the key things that should be part of the annual dementia review
iii) what guidelines they use to judge the quality of their annual dementia reviews
iv) what affects the quality of the annual dementia
We will put the results together with results from another study we are carrying out with national experts in dementia policy and practice on the annual dementia review. The results will be used to improve annual dementia reviews in primary care.
Louise Robinson, Alison Wheatley, Cath Exley (Newcastle)
Amount awarded: £34 707.00