HC Deb 20 April 2004 vol 420 c426W
Dr. Evan Harris

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has conducted into quality indicators for the treatment and management of inflammatory skin diseases. [164904]

Miss Melanie Johnson

In 2001, the National Health Service health technology assessment programme published systematic reviews of treatments for atopic eczema and severe psoriasis. These are available on the programme's website at www.hta.nhsweb.nhs.uk. Further assessments in eczema, psoriasis and acne are in progress.

Last year, the Nuffield Trust published Measuring general practice: a demonstration project to develop and test a set of primary care clinical quality indicators. The project looked at 19 disease areas, including acne, and was conducted in partnership with the National Primary Care Research and Development center (NPCRDC), based at the University of Manchester. NPCRDC is funded largely by the Department.

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