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July 4, 2017 Africa Publication

Integration of community home based care programmes within national primary health care revitalisation strategies in Ethiopia, Malawi, South-Africa and Zambia: a comparative assessment

In 2008, the WHO facilitated the primary health care (PHC) revitalisation agenda. The purpose was to strengthen African health systems in order to address communicable and non-communicable diseases. The aim of this study was to assess the position of civil society-led community unity home based care programmes (CHBC), which serve the needs of patients with HIV, within this agenda. It examined how their roles and place in health systems evolved, and the prospects for these programmes in national policies and strategies to revitalise PHC, as new health care demands arise. 

April 6, 2017 Western Pacific Publication

Experiencing integration: a qualitative pilot study of consumer and provider experiences of integrated primary health care in Australia

The terms integration and integrated care describe the complex, patient-centred strategies to improve coordination of healthcare services. Frameworks exist to conceptualise these terms, but these have been developed from a professional viewpoint. 

The objetive of this study was to explore consumers and provider´s concepts, expectations and experience of integrated care. A key focus was whether frameworks developed from a professional perspective are effective models to explore people´s experiences. 

March 30, 2017 Europe Publication

Integrating safety concepts in health and social care

Keeping individuals safe from harm and exploitation is a clearly articulated goal within both the health and social care sectors. Two key concepts associated with achieving this common aim are safety and safeguarding. The purpose of this paper is to critically appraise the differences in safety terminology used in health and social care, including opportunities and challenges for greater integration of safety systems across health and social care in England. 

Feb. 24, 2017 Western Pacific Publication

Managing care integration during the implementation of large-scale reforms: the case of the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new program for the provision of support to people with disabilities in Australia. The purpose of this paper is to explore the early implementation experience of this scheme, with a particular focus on the implications of this scheme for issues of care integration. There is little empirical data relating to the implementation of the NDIS to date. This is the first study to explore boundary issues in relation to care integration. 

Feb. 1, 2017 Global News

How can health and social care work together effectively?

Let´s consider what an integrated health and social care system might look like. Should the cultural differences between health and social care be preserved within a closer partnership? And what role can technology play in bringing together services that have traditionally worked in parallel? 

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Oct. 3, 2016 Americas Publication

Perceptions of health managers and professionals about mental health and primary care integration in Rio de Janeiro: a mixed methods study

Community-based primary mental health care is recommended in low and middle-income countries. The Brazilian Health System has been restructuring primary care by expanding its Family Health Strategy. Due to mental health problems, psychosocial vulnerability and accessibility, Matrix Support teams are being set up to broaden the professional scope of primary care. This paper aims to analyse the perceptions of health professionals and managers about the integration of primary care and mental health.

There is a gap between health managers’ and professionals’ understanding of community-based primary mental health care. The integration of different processes of work entails both rethinking workforce actions and institutional support to help make changes.

 
 

Sept. 12, 2016 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. Psychological services also struggle to meet waiting time targets and to ensure increased access to psychological therapies. Innovative ways of delivering effective primary care and psychological services are needed to improve health outcomes.

May 11, 2016 Global Publication

Report on the Global Knowledge Commons for Innovations in mHealth and eHealth

The International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth publishes (in an electronic form) the Report of the Innovation Working Group (IWG) Task Force on the Global Knowledge Commons for m-eHealth Innovations.

 

The report addresses the key challenge facing digital health, which is that of converting our collective knowledge into a global public good, accessible to all, thus enabling each actor in the ecosystem to benefit from what others know. The document postulates that a Global Knowledge Commons (GKC) for innovation in health or simply "the Commons", would be composed of three main constituents:

 

  • A database of projects, products and services;
  • A "Who is who in eHealth" - individual experts and institutions; and
  • Reusable m-eHealth knowledge objects, in various formats, such as articles, presentations, videos, etc.

 

The Commons would leverage existing repositories of the digital health space, and lead to five significant beneficial outcomes:

 

  • Digital intelligence at-a-glance through dash-boards by geography, application area and ...

March 18, 2016 Africa, Europe, Western Pacific, Global Publication

Barriers and enablers to integrating maternal and child health services to antenatal care in low and middle income countries

For most women in low and middle income countries (LMIC), antenatal care (ANC) plays a highly important dual role: not only does ANC provide effective interventions to reduce the risks associated with pregnancy and childbirth, it can also serve as a delivery platform for other health services. Particularly in settings where the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), tuberculosis (TB) and malaria is high, integrating services for these conditions with ANC can significantly expand their reach. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified integration of ANC with other health programmes as a key strategy for reducing missed opportunities for patient contact and improving maternal and child health (MCH). Evidence from the countries studied, however, suggests that in practice integrated delivery of ANC with other health services is not systematic or adequate and that opportunities for providing care for women are lost.

Several factors enable or hinder the ...