IPCHS. Integrated People-Centred Health Services

Publications

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April 7, 2022 Europe

Development of a Blueprint for Integrated Care for Vulnerable Pregnant Women

There has been increasing awareness of perinatal health and organisation of maternal and child health care in the Netherlands as a result of poor perinatal outcomes. Vulnerable women have a higher risk of these poor perinatal outcomes and also have a higher chance of receiving less adequate care. Therefore, within a consortium, embracing 100 organisations among professionals, educators, researchers, and policymakers, a joint aim was defined to support maternal and child health care professionals and social care professionals in providing adequate, integrated care for vulnerable pregnant women.

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April 7, 2022 Global

An assertive, practical, and substantive agenda to catalyse meaningful change

The Lancet Global Health Commission on financing primary health care combines a shared vision with practical guidance on how to align health financing with overall reform strategies that place primary care service delivery at the core. The Commission reinforces key messages that WHO has put forward on health financing reforms to enable progress towards universal health coverage. It then extends these by application to primary care as a critical service delivery element for the progressive realisation of UHC.

WHO's guidance on health financing is crystallised into a framework for regular country assessment to inform policy dialogue. The alignment of ...

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April 5, 2022 Global

The Lancet Global Health Commission on financing primary health care: putting people at the centre

Executive summary

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the need for well-functioning primary health care (PHC) into sharp focus. PHC is the best platform for providing basic health interventions (including effective management of non-communicable diseases) and essential public health functions. PHC is widely recognised as a key component of all high-performing health systems and is an essential foundation of universal health coverage.
PHC was famously set as a global priority in the 1978 Alma-Ata Declaration. More recently, the 2018 Astana Declaration on PHC made a similar call for universal coverage of basic health care across the life cycle, as well as ...

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April 5, 2022 Global

Person-centred care and measurement: The more one sees, the better one knows where to look

Determining the quality of a health system is a complex and challenging endeavour. The variety of perspectives needed to determine quality means that increasingly complex measurement frameworks are often employed. Providing the best possible health care has always been a priority for health system leaders, individual professions and individual professionals. But the importance and significance of measuring quality has increased since the evolution of quality-improvement methodologies for health-care quality standardisation in the 1990s.

Audit and feedback systems evolved into quality-control methods with the increased industrialisation of health systems. As the patient voice became increasingly important, with the rise in advocacy ...

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April 4, 2022 Eastern Mediterranean

Oral health-related interdisciplinary practices among healthcare professionals in Saudi Arabia: Does integrated care exist?

There is a bidirectional relation between oral and general health, therefore collaboration between healthcare providers is needed. This study investigated current interdisciplinary practices and the associated factors among healthcare professionals in Saudi Arabia.

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April 4, 2022 Europe

The Care Coordinator’s Tasks During the Implementation of an Integrated Care Pathway for Older Patients: A Qualitative Study Based on the French National “Health Pathway of Seniors for Preserved Autonomy” Pilot Program

Although integrated care and care coordination are known to be beneficial for older adults’ population, the specific tasks of a Care Coordinator (CC) for integrated care pathways for this population have not been studied in detail. In this study, the CC’s tasks in an integrated care pathway for older adults shows that the CC’s overall workload was greater than expected and appreciated by healthcare professionals.

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April 1, 2022 Global

Measuring with quality: the example of person-centred care

Qualitative data analysis should be embedded in routine health service measurement, management and organizational practices. The rigorous use of such analyses should become an institutional norm, comparable to the routine use of quantitative data. Our case is intended to have general relevance, but we develop it by reference to person-centred care and patient-centred outcome measures (PCOMs). The increased use of qualitative data analysis of individualized PCOMs is a crucial complementary counterweight to steps towards the standardization of PCOMs. More broadly, our argument is that health care organizations cannot make confident judgements about whether they are offering appropriate care without collecting ...

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April 1, 2022 Americas

Factors Impacting Primary Care Engagement in a New Approach to Integrating Care in Ontario, Canada

In 2019, Ontario’s Ministry of Health (the Ministry) introduced Ontario Health Teams to provide population-based integrated healthcare. Primary care was foundational to this approach. This study sought to identify factors that impacted primary care engagement during Ontario Health Teams formation from different perspectives.

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March 31, 2022 Americas

Implementing High-Quality Primary Care Through a Health Equity Lens

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of centering health equity in future health system and primary care reforms. Strengthening primary care will be needed to correct the longstanding history of mistreatment of First Nations/Indigenous and racialized people, exclusion of health care workers of color, and health care access and outcome inequities further magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released a report on Implementing High-Quality Primary Care: Rebuilding the Foundation of Health Care, that provided a framework for defining high-quality primary care and proposed 5 recommendations for implementing that definition. Using ...

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March 31, 2022 Eastern Mediterranean

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on primary health care utilization: an experience from Iran

The Covid-19 pandemic affected the performance of Primary Health Care (PHC) worldwide. This study was performed to investigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the utilization of PHC in Iran. Covid-19 Pandemic has affected the performance of Iranian PHC at the beginning and overall, has a negative consequence on utilization of services. Preparedness to respond to pandemics and develop programs and interventions is necessary to cover the weaknesses of the PHC.

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