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Raw disease prevalence in Northern Ireland - 2021/22

Northern Ireland Executive
24 May 2022, 21 GMT+10

The Department of Health today published Raw Disease Prevalence in Northern Ireland - 2021/22. Figures show the recorded prevalence of 15 conditions1, including asthma, hypertension, dementia, diabetes, and depression.

The prevalence data is collected from general practices in Northern Ireland and the publication presents disease register sizes and raw disease prevalence rates2; broken down to LCG, GP Federation and general practice level.

This robust dataset is made up of information voluntarily provided by all 319 general practices in Northern Ireland.3 It is collected through the QOF, which is primarily used to improve care for patients by rewarding practices for the quality of care they provide.4

The data source for QOF is the Payment Calculation and Analysis System (PCAS), a Northern Ireland IT system that supports the QOF payment process.

The 15 disease registers are grouped into categories, which are:

  • cardiovascular5

  • respiratory6

  • high dependency and other long term conditions7

  • mental health and neurology8

  • musculoskeletal9

Prevalence of some conditions is measured as a proportion of the total number of people registered at a surgery, whereas others are age-specific.10

This year's publication has a new style report and data tables.

Read the report on the Department website.

An interactive dashboard has also been developed to accompany this statistical release; access on nisra.gov.uk.


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