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Jan. 17, 2017 Americas Europe

Optimising the community-based aproach to health care improvement comparative case studies of the clinical community model in practice

Community-based approaches to healthcare improvement are receiving increasing attention. Such approaches could offer an infrastructure for efficient knowledge-sharing and a potent means of influencing behaviours, but their potential is yet to be optimised. After briefly reviewing challenges to community based approaches this study describes in detail the clinical community model. Through exploring clinical communities in practice, they seek to identify practical lessons for optimising this community-based approach to healthcare improvement. 

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Jan. 17, 2017 Global

Intruments measuring integrated care: A systematic review of measurement properties

Integrated care is an important strategy for increasing health system preformance. Despite its growing significance, detailed evidence on the measurement properties of integrated care instruments remains vague an limited. This systematic review found 209 index instruments measuring different constructs related to integrated care which suggest that the quality of measurement properties of instruments measuring integrate care is in need of improvement with the less-studied constructs and domains to become part of newly developed instruments. 

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Jan. 17, 2017 Europe

Primary care managers´perceptions of their capability in providing care planning with complex needs

The aim of this study is to investigate primary care managers´perceptions of their capability in providing care planning to patients with complex needs. Care planning is defined as a process where the patient, family and health professionals engage in dialogue about the patient´s care needs and plan care interventions together. 

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Jan. 17, 2017 Europe

Integrated Care: theory to practice

"Integrated care" is pitched as the solution to current health system challenges. In the literature, what integrated care actually involves is complex and contested. Multi-disciplinary team management is frequently the primary focus of integrated care when implemented internationally. This study examine the practical application of integrated care in the NHS in England to exemplify the prevalence of the case management focus. It looks at the evidence for effectiveness of multi-disciplinary team case management, for the focus on high-risk groups and for integrated care more generally. They suggest realistic expectations of what integration of care alone can achieve and additional research ...

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Dec. 15, 2016 Global

Economic evaluation of integrated new technologies for health and social care: Suggestions for policy makers, users and evaluators

With an ageing population there is a move towards the use of assisted living technologies (ALTs) to provide social care and health care services, and to improve service processes. These technologies are at the forefront of the integration of health and social care. However, economic evaluatios of ALTs, and indeed economic evaluations of any interventions providing both health benefits and benefits beyond health are complex. This paper considers the challenges faced by evaluators and presents a method of economic evaluation for use with interventions where traditional methods may not be suitable for informing funders and decision makers. They propose a ...

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Dec. 12, 2016 Global

What can a participatory approach to evaluation contribute to the field of integrated care?

Better integration of care within the health sector and between health and social care is seen in many countries as an essential way of addressing the enduring problems of dwindling resources, changing demographics and unacceptable variation in quality of care. Current research evidence about the effectiveness of integration efforts supports neither the enthusiasm of those promoting and designing integrated care programmes nor the growing efforts of practitioners attempting to integrate care on the ground.

We propose that the approach added value to the programme in a number of ways: by engaging stakeholders in using established evidence and with the benefits ...

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Dec. 12, 2016 Americas

Achieving Health Equity: A Guide for Health Care Organizations

This white paper provides guidance on how health care organizations can reduce health disparities related to racial or ethnic group, religion; socioeconomics status; gender; age; mental health; cognitive, sensory, or physical disability; sexual orientation or gender identity, geographic location; or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion. 

It includes: 

-A framework, with five key components, for health care organizations to improve health equity in the communities they serve

- Guideance for measuring health equity

- A case study of one health care organization that has strategically integrated work to improve health equity throughout their system

- A self- assessment tool for health ...

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Dec. 12, 2016 Americas

4 Steps to Sustaining Improvement in Health Care

Leading health care organizations recognize that improving care isn´t enough; having a systematic approach to sustaining improvement is equally important.

To learn how to build systems that sustain improvement, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement studied health care organizations that were able to achieve standout results and ten build on them- organizations such as Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City; Saskatoon Health Region in Saskatchewan, Canada; and Virginia Mason Health System in Seattle. These high-performing health systems affered a key insight: To sustain change, you need a strong strategy for engaging and standardizing the work of frontline managers. From their ...

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Dec. 12, 2016 Europe

Person-centred care made simple

There are growing numbers of older people and people living with long-term conditions and disabilities. At the same time, health and social care budgets are under increasing pressure. If the high quality care that affords people the best possible quality of life needs to be provide, it needs to rethink the relationship between people and the services that provide their care. 

This guide seeks to provide a quick overview of person centred care. It is wirtten for anyone interested in health and health care, including health care professionals and those who use the NHS.

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Dec. 12, 2016 Global

Integrated care for patients and populations: Improving outcomes by working together

This report examines:

- The case for integrated care

- What current barriers to integrated care need to be overcome and how

- What the Department of Health can do to provide a supporting framework to enable integrated care to flourish

- Options for a practical and technical support to those implementing integrated care, including approaches to evaluatin its impact 

The report asserts that developing integrated care should assume the same priority over the nect decade as reducing waiting times had during the last. The report makes a constructive contribution to the debate about integrated care and will be of interest to policy-makers, health ...

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