Integrated ambulatory care in the New Zealand health system: a scoping review
Integrated health systems, according to the World Health Organization (2017) are ''the organization and management of health services so that people get the care they need, when they need it, in ways that are user-friendly, achieve the desired results and provide value for money.'' This is a very important concept in today's day and age, as access to healthcare has become a challenge and the population has never been sicker.
In New Zealand and internationally, emerging trends across health systems include a fundamental shift of care from hospitals to community-based settings and increased integration of services to better link traditional community, primary and secondary/specialist.
The aim of this review is to identify and describe New Zealand (NZ) and international countries evidence of integrated ambulatory care models and describes key implementation issues and lessons learned.