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July 4, 2017

The Vanguard of Community-based Integrated Care in Japan: The Effect of a Rural Town on National Policy

Region: Western Pacific Scientific publication Empowering and engaging people and communities, Strengthening governance and accountability, Reorienting the model of care Source: International Journal of Integrated Care

Japan has the largest percentage of elderly people in the world. In 2012 the government implemented a community-based integrated care system which provides seamless community helahtcare resources for elderly people with chronic diseases and disabilities. This paper explains the establishment and outcomes of Japan´s first community-based integrated care system in the rural town because the history of Mitsugi could inform policy making in other countries with aging populations.