Achieving integrated care for older people: Shuffling the deckchairs or making the system watertight for the future?

Gill Harvey, Joanne Dollard, Amy Marshall, Manasi Murthy Mittinty

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Abstract

Integrated care has been recognised as a key initiative to resolve the issues surrounding care for older people living with multi-morbidity. Multiple strategies and policies have been implemented to increase coordination of care globally however, evidence of effectiveness remains mixed. The reasons for this are complex and multi-factorial, yet many strategies deal with parts of the problem rather than taking a whole systems view with the older person clearly at the centre. This approach of fixing parts of the system may be akin to shuffling the deckchairs on the Titanic, rather than dealing with the fundamental reasons why the ship is sinking. Attempts to make the ship more watertight need to be firmly centred on the older person, pay close attention to implementation and embrace approaches that promote collaborative working between all the stakeholders involved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-293
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Health Policy and Management
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Integrated care
  • Multi-Morbidity
  • Older people

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