IPCHS. Integrated People-Centred Health Services


Contents tagged: improvement

Jan. 17, 2017 Americas, Europe Publication

Optimising the community-based aproach to health care improvement comparative case studies of the clinical community model in practice

Community-based approaches to healthcare improvement are receiving increasing attention. Such approaches could offer an infrastructure for efficient knowledge-sharing and a potent means of influencing behaviours, but their potential is yet to be optimised. After briefly reviewing challenges to community based approaches this study describes in detail the clinical community model. Through exploring clinical communities in practice, they seek to identify practical lessons for optimising this community-based approach to healthcare improvement. 

July 14, 2017 Europe Publication

Behavioural health consultants in integrated primary care teams: a model for future care

Significant challenges exist within primary care services in the United Kingdom (UK). These include meeting current demand, financial pressures, an aging population and an increase in multi-morbidity. Phychological services also struggle to meet waiting time targets and to ensure increased access to phychological therapies. Innovative ways of delivering effective primary care and phychological services are needed to improve health outcomes.

July 19, 2017 Africa Publication

Costs of implementing integrated community case management (iCCM) in six African countries: implications for sustainability

Sub-Saharan Africa still reports the highest rates of under-five mortality. Low cost, high impact interventions exist, however poor access remains a challenge. Integrated community case management (iCCM) was introduce to improve access to essential services for children 2-59 months through diagnosis, treatment and referral services by community health workers for malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea. 

This paper presents the results of an economic analysis of iCCM implementation in regions supported by UNICEF in six countries and assesses country-level sclae-up implications. The paper focuses on costs to provider (healht system andd donors) to inform planning and budgeting, and does not cover cost-effectiveness. 

Feb. 16, 2018 South-East Asia Publication

Approaches towards improving the quality of maternal and newborn health services in South Asia: challenges and opportunities for healthcare systems

South Asia is experiencing a dismal state of maternal and newborn health (MNH) as the region has been falling behind in reducing the levels of maternal and neonatal mortality. Most of the efforts are focused on enhancing coverage of MNH services; however, quality remains a serious concern if the region is to achieve expected outcomes in terms of standardised MNH services within healthcare delivery systems. This research consists of a review of south Asian quality improvement approaches/interventions, specifically implemented for MNH improvement. 

Jan. 29, 2021 Europe Publication

Digital tools as promoters for person-centered care practices in chronic care? Healthcare professionals’ experiences from rheumatology care

Person-centered care (PCC) emphasize the importance of supporting individuals’ involvement in care provided and self-care. PCC has become more important in chronic care as the number of people living with chronic conditions is increasing due to the demographic changes. Digital tools have potential to support interaction between patients and healthcare providers, but empirical examples of how to achieve PCC in chronic care and the role of digital tools in this process is limited. The aim of this study was to investigate strategies to achieve PCC used by the healthcare professionals at an outpatient Rheumatology clinic (RC), the strategies’ relation to digital tools, and the perceived impact of the strategies on healthcare professionals and patients.

Sept. 10, 2021 Americas Publication

Measurement-based care in integrated health care: A randomized clinical trial

Many suggest that the next step for integrated care is widespread implementation of measurement-based care (MBC). Although the measures most associated with MBC are standardized, no randomized clinical trial has demonstrated their use to improve psychotherapeutic outcomes with embedded behavioral health providers in integrated care. Two evidence-based MBC systems have been studied in a variety of behavioral health environments, but neither system has been investigated in integrated health care. Addressing this gap in the literature, the present study evaluated the use of MBC, specifically the Partners for Change Outcome Management System, in three integrated care sites.