IPCHS. Integrated People-Centred Health Services

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Jan. 9, 2016 Europe

Acute hospitals and integrated care

In March 2015, the King’s Fund published a report regarding the progress made by five acute hospital providers in England towards developing more integrated models of care. According to the report, becoming more closely integrated with primary care has proved a considerable challenge for these hospitals. This is partly due to the lack of alternatives to building relationships on a practice-by-practice basis. As the report explains, GP provider groups or federations “are still at an early stage of development in many areas of the country, and where they do exist it is not always clear that they are sufficiently ...

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Jan. 9, 2016 Europe

Local leadership, new approaches: improving the health of local communities

In February 2015, Public Health England and the Local Government Association published a report on how local authorities and the health sector have worked together to improve the health of communities through prevention and early intervention.

An example of this coordination is highlighted in a case study on the new Integrated Wellbeing Service in Blackburn with Darwen. The service has been developed in a joint effort by the borough council and the local GP-led Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). It combines CCG-funded projects concerning specific long-term conditions (e.g. COPD or stroke), together with public health-funded services (e.g. tobacco cessation ...

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Jan. 4, 2016 Global

Primary Care Physicians In Ten Countries Report Challenges Caring For Patients With Complex Health Needs

A compelling article that explores some of the current challenges facing the integration of primary care within the health systems of 10 high income countries. The data comes from the 18th annual Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians which was completed in 2015 in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. While primary care physicians reported being well prepared for multiple chronic medical conditions, several health areas such as mental health and addiction were noted for being weak points for providers. A frequent challenge was ...

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June 2, 2015 Global

Integrated care: meaning, logic, applications, and implications – a discussion paper

Integrated care is a burgeoning field. As is often the case in new areas of inquiry and action, conceptual clarification is demanded. Without such attention, it would be difficult to advance theory and practice in this increasingly important professional arena. In the following discussion paper, the authors explore the intellectual territory of integrated care, and underscore the need for a patient-centric imperative and meaning. They also examine the practical applications and implications arising from their views. The intention is to stimulate fruitful dialogue and debate about what ‘integrated care’ could and should be.

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June 1, 2015 Global

What is person-centered health care?

What is person-centred health care? There are many definitions of person-centred (patient-or client-centred) health care in the literature. The Victorian Department of Human Services (2003) defines person-centred care as ‘treatment and care provided by health services [that] places the person at the centre of their own care and considers the needs of the older person’s carers’. The main features of person-centred health care derived from the literature can be encompassed within the concept of partnership. The overriding message is that person-centred care is about a collaborative and respectful partnership between the service provider and user. The service provider respects ...

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June 1, 2015 Western Pacific

People-centred health care

In recent years, there has been increasing interest in the patient’s perspective of health care and how health systems can better respond to the needs of all health care stakeholders and constituencies in a holistic manner. Previous recommendations of Member States through the WHO Regional Committees for the Western Pacific and South-East Asia reflect the need to pursue work in the following: equity and fairness into policies; the development of programmes firmly grounded in ethical principles; the quality of health care and patient safety; human dignity, patients’ rights and needs, and the role of families, culture and society; the ...

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