Demographic changes and advances in medical care and technology have led to an ageing population. Despite gains in life expectancy, compression of morbidity in later life has not been achieved, meaning that although growing numbers of older people are living longer, they are doing so with one or more long?term conditions. A key driving force for international policy agendas worldwide is to improve the quality, efficiency and safety of health and care services through the delivery of effective integrated care systems. Integrated care can be broadly defined as "an organising principle for care delivery that aims to improve patient care and experience through improved coordination", and such approaches are being increasingly implemented as a key policy in many countries. This review will focus on case management as one service model for delivering integrated care, among others.
- Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews