A key feature of the Quality and Outcomes Framework is the encouragement of appropriate and high quality clinical care for patients with chronic diseases. The availability of high level information on exception reporting enables an analysis of the indicators most likely to be subject to exception reporting.
It enables a description of the variations in exception reporting rates that are found between specific indicators, and between NHS organisational areas. Exception reporting information was available for the second time in 2006/07, enabling comparison with the previous year for the first time.
The Quality and Outcomes Framework was revised in 2006/07, and introduced additional clinical areas.