[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 6, January 2012].
This atlas, available online to view and download, gives clinicians and commissioners the ability to identify regional variations in the UK and thereby to remedy and reduce “unwarranted” variations. This atlas was published to be used alongside the Department of Health’s NHS Outcomes Framework, and as such is meant to trigger improvements to the measurement of quality, outcome and value throughout the NHS. It is intended to prompt a renewed impetus for tackling inequalities in outcomes.
The maps of interest to this newsletter fall mainly into “Domain 2: Enhancing quality of life for people with long-term conditions”, and come under the category of “Mental Disorders”.
There are four maps, each with an explanatory commentary, definitions and references to key information sources; namely:
- Map 13: Reported numbers of dementia on GP registers as a percentage of estimated prevalence by PCT 2009/10.
- Map 14: Anti-dementia drug items prescribed per weighted population (STAR-PU) in primary care by PCT: Average daily quantity (ADQ) per STAR-PU 2009/10.
- Map 15: Rate of admissions to hospital for patients >74 years with a secondary diagnosis of dementia by PCT: Age-specific rate 2009/10.
- Map 16: Total bed-days in hospital per population for patients >74 years with a secondary diagnosis of dementia by PCT: Age-specific rate 2009/10.
Note: Map 15 and Map 16 fall into:
- “Domain 2: Enhancing quality of life for people with long-term conditions“.
- “Domain 4: Ensuring that people have a positive experience of care“.
- “Domain 5: Treating and caring for people in a safe environment and protecting them from avoidable harm“.
Gray, M. [and] Ison, E. (2011). The NHS atlas of variation in healthcare: reducing unwarranted variation to increase value and improve quality. 2nd edition. London: Right Care, December 2011.