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Feb. 13, 2017

People-centred integration in a refugee primary care service: A complex adaptive systems perspective

Region: Global Scientific publication Empowering and engaging people and communities, Reorienting the model of care, Coordinating services within and across sectors Source: Journal of Integrated Care

Services for refugees and asylum seekers frequently experience gaps in delivery and access, poor coordination, and service stress. The purpose of this paper is to examine the approach to integrated care within Companion House (CH), a refugee primary care service, whose service mix includes counselling, medical care, community development, and advocacy. CH has created fluid links between teams, and encouraged open dialogue with client populations. There is a high level of networking between staff, much of it informal. This is underpinned by horizontal management and staff commitment to a shared mission and an ethos of mutual respect. The clinical teams are collectively oriented towards patients but not necessarily towards each other.