IPCHS. Integrated People-Centred Health Services


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Oct. 13, 2021 Europe

Philosophical knowledge is warranted for the successful implementation of person-centred care

One potentially restrictive environment of person-centred care might be the intensive care unit (ICU) where RNs working in ICUs on a daily basis are caring for critically ill patients in a highly technological and stressful milieu. Nursing care for critically ill patients at the ICU is described as task-oriented and mainly based on the patient’s medical needs. The purpose of this contemporary issue paper is to suggest that a photograph of the patient could be used as a tool to support RNs working in ICU in applying person-centred care and their understanding of the philosophical underpinnings for person-centred care. 

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Oct. 13, 2021 Global

Person-centred care in TB

The WHO End TB Strategy includes integrated patient-centred care and prevention within one of its three pillars and has global targets aimed at ending the TB epidemic by the year 2030. Here, we describe the tensions and challenges that may undermine the approach and explore opportunities to align person-centred care with other health system goals. 

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Oct. 11, 2021 Europe

Main factors affecting perceived quality in healthcare: a patient perspective approach

Delivering patient-centered healthcare is now seen as one of the basic requirements of good quality care. In this research, the impact of the perceived quality of three experiential dimensions (Physical Environment, Empowerment and Dignity and Patient–Doctor Relationship) on patient´s Experiential Satisfaction is assessed.

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Oct. 7, 2021 Europe

Between Social Inclusion and Exclusion: Integration of Daycare Guests in the Nursing Home Setting

In integrated daycare, community-dwelling older people in need of care join existing groups in residential care facilities during the day. This study focuses on how nursing home residents experience the integrative care approach, exploring opportunities for social inclusion and mechanisms of exclusion.

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Oct. 7, 2021 Western Pacific

Intrinsic Capacity predicts adverse outcomes using Integrated Care for Older People screening tool in a senior community in Beijing

The World Health Organization (WHO) introduced the concept of intrinsic capacity in order to create a multidimensional model to maintain individual's functional ability. Intrinsic capacity is the composite of all the physical and mental capacities that an individual can draw on at any point in time, and represents the amount of resources one can tap into during his life(WHO, 2015). By interacting with the surrounding environment, intrinsic capacity determines functional ability largely. Considering and organizing the retrieved evidence, five domains are proposed to define the intrinsic capacity: cognition, locomotion, vitality, sensory, and psychosocial, each of which is composed ...

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Oct. 7, 2021 Global

Commentary: how person-centred is pharmaceutical care?

An overview of the literature shows that there is limited guidance available on how to apply person-centred care within pharmaceutical care and clinical pharmacy practices. The aim of this recently published commentary is to provide insight into how person-centred care can impact on and be incorporated into contemporary pharmaceutical care practices.

In particular, it presents an overview of how to include the cornerstones of person-centred care – the narrative, the partnership, and the co-created health plan – in the clinical work tasks of outpatient and inpatient pharmacists. The commentary thus provides a theoretical basis for future discussion on how pharmacists can be ...

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Oct. 4, 2021 Europe

Has COVID-19 changed the workload for primary care physicians? The case of Spain

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a massive over-exertion of doctors, multiplying their work intensity, overload and stress. Work overload and the emotional state of health workers is one of the many repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic. The results derived from this study may be useful in formulating policies and practices related to the workforce development, funding streams to prepare for the next wave of COVID-19 infections as well as for future public health emergencies.

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Oct. 1, 2021 Africa

Integration of mental health counselling into chronic disease services at the primary health care level: Formative research on dedicated versus designated strategies in the Western Cape, South Africa

To explore health care providers’ views on the acceptability and feasibility of two models for integrating facility-based counsellor delivered mental health counselling into chronic disease care, and how such an approach could be improved in South Africa.

Although study participants unanimously agreed that counselling for common mental disorders should be integrated into chronic disease services, they had differing views on the type of model that should be adopted. 

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Oct. 1, 2021 Europe

Implementation of Integrated Primary Care for Patients with Diabetes and Hypertension: A Case from Slovenia

Research on models of integrated health care for hypertension and diabetes is one of the priority issues in the world. There is a lack of knowledge about how integrated care is implemented in practice. Our study assessed its implementation in six areas: identification of patients, treatment, health education, self-management support, structured collaboration and organisation of care.

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Oct. 1, 2021 Americas

Social work student reflections on training in integrated care: opportunities for social work educators

Integrated care, an approach designed to improve health/ behavioral health outcomes and increase quality of life, has received international interest. Given the important roles social workers play in this approach, American universities have begun novel training programs to better prepare social workers to work in integrated care. The aim of this study is to better understand the experiences of recent MSW trainees, and how they can inform future educational/ training programs. Focus groups of MSW students who recently completed integrated care training programs were conducted (N = 9). Content analysis of the focus group data resulted in three main themes: Gaps ...

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