IPCHS. Integrated People-Centred Health Services


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March 9, 2023 Europe

‘Sometimes you need an eye-opener’: A qualitative study on nursing assistants' experiences of developing communication skills through an educational intervention on person-centred communication

To explore nursing assistants' (NAs') experiences of developing communication skills while participating in an educational intervention on person-centred communication. The findings describe NAs' experiences concerning the communication skills needed for building relationships with older persons and handling emotionally challenging situations. The educational intervention increased their knowledge and awareness of the importance of communication skills and how such skills are developed and refined.

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March 9, 2023 Western Pacific

Factors and Mechanism Influencing Client Experience of Residential Integrated Health and Social Care for Older People: A Qualitative Model in Chinese Institutional Settings

An emerging service delivery model of integrating health and social care for older people has been actively promoted by the Chinese government since 2016, but the client experience and influencing mechanism still remain unclear. Methods: this study adopts a qualitative methodology to delve deeper into the factors and mechanism shaping the client experience of residential integrated health and social care for older people in the Chinese context, so as to understand the experiences of older residents during the whole process of receiving integrated care services, and on this basis, put forward suggestions for the improvement of a high-quality aged care ...

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March 2, 2023 Europe

Editorial: Why changes in primary care will affect integrated care

More and more emphasis in health service integration is placed on the role of primary care. What it means to have a “family doctor” may have changed over the last decades, but its key function of assessing, referring and treating patients remains the bedrock of our health systems. Or does it?

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Feb. 23, 2023 Americas

Family physicians collaborating for health system integration: a scoping review

In Canada, Ontario Health Teams (OHTs) are a new model for integrated healthcare. Core to OHTs are family physicians (FPs) and their ability to collaborate with other FPs and healthcare providers. Whereas the factors for intra-organizational collaboration have been well-studied, inter-organizational collaboration between FPs and other healthcare organizations as an integrated care network, are less understood. This paper aims to explore the structural factors, processes, and theoretical frameworks that support FPs’ collaboration for integrated healthcare.

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Feb. 23, 2023 Americas

Integrating case management for patients with complex needs in the ground practice: the importance of context in evaluative designs

Responding to complex needs calls for integrating care across providers, settings and sectors. Among models to improve integrated care, case management demonstrates a good evidence base of facilitating the appropriate delivery of healthcare services. Since case management is a complex, multi component intervention, with its component parts interacting in a non-linear manner, effectiveness is largely influenced by the context in which the intervention is implemented. This paper discusses how to respond to implementation challenges to evaluating complex interventions for patients with complex needs. Building on the example of case management, we suggest that documenting innovation effectiveness remains important, but that ...

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Feb. 20, 2023 Global

Implementation considerations for non-communicable disease-related integration in primary health care: a rapid review of qualitative evidence

Integrated delivery of primary health care (PHC) services is a health reform recommended for achieving ambitious targets of the Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage, responding to growing challenges of managing non-communicable and multimorbidity. However, more evidence is needed on effective implementation of PHC integration in different country settings.

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Feb. 20, 2023 Europe

Construct Validation of the Rainbow Model of Integrated Care Measurement Tool in Dutch Primary Care for Older Adults

are integration in primary elderly care is suboptimal. Validated instruments are needed to enable the implementation of integrated primary care. We aimed to assess construct validity of the Rainbow Model of Integrated Care measurement tool (RMIC-MT) for healthcare professionals working in an integrated primary elderly care setting in the Netherlands.

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Feb. 20, 2023 Eastern Mediterranean

Continuity of Care and Coordination of Care: Can they Be Differentiated?

Both care continuity and coordination are considered essential elements of health care system. However, little is known about the relationship between care continuity and coordination. This study aimed to differentiate the concepts of care continuity and coordination by developing and testing the reliability and validity of the Combined Outpatient Care Continuity and Coordination Assessment (COCCCA) questionnaire under the universal coverage health care system in Taiwan from a patient perspective.

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Feb. 16, 2023 Africa Eastern Mediterranean

Patient-centered care in the Middle East and North African region: a systematic literature review

The need for patient centered care (PCC) and its subsequent implementation has gained policy maker attention worldwide. Despite the evidence showing the benefits and the challenges associated with practicing PCC in western countries there has been no comprehensive review of the literature on PCC practice in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region, yet there is good reason to think that the practices of PCC in these regions would be different.

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Feb. 16, 2023 Europe

Understanding integrated care through patient journeys

In recent years, considerable investment has been made towards healthcare service redesign and reform in response to an increasingly diverse and ageing patient population. The shift towards person-centred care requires holistic care management approaches and has prompted health services to consider changing the ways they deliver care

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