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March 31, 2017 Europe

Bringing integration home: policy on health and social care integration in the four nations of the UK

This paper outlines relevant policies on the integration of health and social care in four home nations: Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England. The aim of the paper is to offer a comparison of emphasis and approaches and draw out general insights on the implementation of integrated care policy. Also in this paper reveals considerable opportunities for further research and comparative modelling of integration approaches. 

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March 30, 2017 Europe

Integrating safety concepts in health and social care

Keeping individuals safe from harm and exploitation is a clearly articulated goal within both the health and social care sectors. Two key concepts associated with achieving this common aim are safety and safeguarding. The purpose of this paper is to critically appraise the differences in safety terminology used in health and social care, including opportunities and challenges for greater integration of safety systems across health and social care in England. 

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March 30, 2017 Europe

The Development, Description and Appraisal of an Emergent Multimethod Research Design to Study Workforce Changes in Integrated Care Interventions

In this paper, they provide a detailed and explicit description of the processes and decisions underlying and shaping the emergent multimethod research design of their study on workforce changes in integrated chronic care. They argue that the terminology developed for the description of mixed methods designs should also be used for multimethod designs such as the one presented here. 

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March 30, 2017 Eastern Mediterranean

Access and utilisation of primary health care services comparing urban and rural areas of Riyadh Providence, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has seen an increase in chronic  diseases. International evidence suggest that early intervention is the best approach to reduce the burden of chronic disease. However, the limited research available suggests that health care access remains unequal, with rural populations having the poorest access to and utilisation of primary health care centres and, consequently, the poorest health outcomes. This study aimed to examine the factors influencing the access to and utilisation of primary health care centres in urban and rural areas of Riyadh province of the KSA. 

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March 13, 2017 Global

The role of organizational structure in readiness for change: A conceptual integration

The purpose of this review is to extend extant conceptualizations of readiness for change as an individual-level phenomenon. This review-of-reviews focuses on existing conceptual frameworks from the dissemination, implementation, quality improvement, and organizational trasformation literatures in order to integrate theoretical rationales for how organization structure, a key dimension of the organizational context, may impact readiness for change. They propose that the organization structure dimensions of differentiation and integration impact readiness for change at the indicidual level of analysis by influencing four key concepts of relevance, legitimacy, preceived need for change, and resource allocation. 

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March 9, 2017 Global

Understanding and Evaluating the Implementation on Integrated Care: A "Three Pipe Problem"

Altought we have come a long way in being able to articulate the key building blocks of integrated care, the interplay between them is so complex and interwined that it seems an impossible challenge to create any simple implementation model. Yet, if integrated care is to advance, we must become better at smoothing over the many obstacles and challenges to implementation that have bedevilled the uptake and roll-out of even the most proven of integrated care interventions.

This is quite the "three-pipe problem" for integrated care since science has yet to make the real breakthrough to address how we might ...

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March 9, 2017 Global

Integrated Care: A Pill for All Ills?

There is an increasing policy emphasis on the integration of care, both within the healthcare sector and also between the health and social care sectors, with the simple aim of ensuring that individuals get the right care, in the right place, at the right time. However, implementin this simple aim si rather more complex. In this editorial, they seek to make sense of this complexity and ask: what does integrated care mean in practice? What are the mechanims by which it is expected to achieve its aim? And what is the nature of the evidence base around the outcomes delivered?

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Feb. 24, 2017 Western Pacific

The theory and practice of integrative health care governance: the case of New Zealand´s alliances

The purpose of this paper is to outline the theory and practice of governance for integrated care, using the case of New Zealand´s healthcare alliances.

This paper argued that the new "experimental" governance models are needed for effective development of integrated care, illustrated through the example of alliance governance in New Zealand. While the alliances are in a relatively incipient state, they hold considerable promise when compared with the alternatives: corporate, democratic or clinical governance. Alliance governance provides for a different way of working, and for boldstering clinical leadership as central to this. 

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Feb. 24, 2017 Western Pacific

Managing care integration during the implementation of large-scale reforms: the case of the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new program for the provision of support to people with disabilities in Australia. The purpose of this paper is to explore the early implementation experience of this scheme, with a particular focus on the implications of this scheme for issues of care integration. There is little empirical data relating to the implementation of the NDIS to date. This is the first study to explore boundary issues in relation to care integration. 

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Feb. 23, 2017 Europe

Space, time and demographic change: A geographical approach to integrating health and social care

The purpose of this paper is to explore the potential value of applying spatial science and technology to the issue of care integration across what are the often fragmented domains of health and social care provision. The issue of focus for this purpose is population ageing because it challenges existeing information and practice silos. Better integration, the author proposes, needs to adopt a geographic approach to deal with the challenges that population ageing present to health and social care as they currently function in many countries. 

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