IPCHS. Integrated People-Centred Health Services


Contents tagged: social workers

March 16, 2016 Europe Publication

ENS4Care: Evidence Based Guidelines for Nurses and Social Care Workers for the deployment of eHealth services

The EU-funded Ens4Care project has developed five guidelines for European nurses and social workers on how to use eHealth for promoting a healthy lifestyle and prevention, clinical practice, skills development for advanced roles, integrated care and nurse ePrescribing. 

The 2-year-project, that was launched in December 2013, funded by the EU and coordinated by the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN) together with 24 partners from all over Europe, including a mix of different professional associations in nursing and social care, nursing regulators and unions, informal carers, patients, researchers and research communities, civil society representatives and industry. They have collected a total of 122 existing good practices of using eHealth tools by nurses and social workers at both national and regional levels, with aim to inform not only the health and care sector, but also policy-makers. 

April 5, 2018 Europe Publication

Building Competencies for Integrated Care: Defining the Landscape

As the discussion in integrated care moves from "what needs to be done?" to "how to do we achieve sustainable change?" one of the key questions is "how do we get people to change?". Electronic health records, budgetary processes and governance structures are all important building blocks but achieving the transformation required will ultimately stand or fall on changing how we act. Therefore at the heart of this complexity are two more simple, yet profound questions: how do we learn? And who do we learn from?

Oct. 10, 2019 Europe Publication

Where are social workers co-located with primary care physicians?

Social workers are increasingly working in primary care clinics that provide Integrated Behavioral Healthcare (IBH) in which a patient’s physical, behavioral, and social determinants of health are addressed on a collaborative team. Co-location, where care is housed in the same physical space, is a key element of IBH. Yet, little is known about the rate of social workers co-located with primary care physicians (PCPs). This study serves as a benchmark of the growth of IBH and continued monitoring of co-location is needed to ensure social work workforce planning and training are aligned with changing models of care. Further, identifying mechanisms to support social work education, current providers, and health systems to increase IBH implementation is greatly needed.

Nov. 4, 2019 Europe Publication

A novel approach to integrated care using mobile technology within home services. The ADMR pilot study

The care model for supporting elderly people living independently at home relies on the informal and formal assistance of caregivers. Information and communication technology (ICT) offers new approaches for informal care services for this group.

April 22, 2021 Americas Publication

The primary care behavioral health model (PCBH) and medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD): integrated models for primary care

Recent decades have witnessed increases in (a) integrated physical and behavioral health services and (b) the treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD) in primary care settings – also known as office-based opioid treatments (OBOT) – using a combination of medication and psychosocial support. Providing these services requires a workforce trained to address addiction’s psychosocial components and interventions addressing addiction’s biological and neurological mechanisms. This paper examines the implementation factors, clinic workflow and roles, and administrative considerations of two models of integrated care in order to identify ways of increasing treatment capacity and expanding OUD treatment uptake in integrated primary care settings.