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March 1, 2016

WHO global strategy on people-centred and integrated health services

Region: Global WHO document Empowering and engaging people and communities, Strengthening governance and accountability, Reorienting the model of care, Coordinating services within and across sectors, Creating an enabling environment, Multiple streams Source: World Health Organisation

This interim report, the WHO global strategy on people-centred and integrated health services, presents a compelling case for a people-centred and integrated health services approach, along with a look at the way forward. It is accompanied by the document "People-centred and integrated health services: an overview of the evidence".

The global strategy on people-centred and integrated health services builds on the lessons learned in recent decades and offers a way forward for comprehensive health systems design. Recognizing that health systems are highly context-specific, this strategy does not propose a single model of people-centred and integrated health. Instead, a common set of principles and five strategies are presented to enhance countries’ efforts to better coordinate care around people’s needs. The strategy is based on experience gained in different countries over the last few years, as well as on wide-ranging consultation with experts at the global, regional and national level, informed by a number of related global guidelines and policy commitments, regional strategies and initiatives in the area of universal health coverage, primary health care, health systems strengthening and social determinants of health.

This interim document went through global consultations and was reviewed and re-published under the name "Framework on integrated people-centred health services".