Six elements for integrated primary healthcare

Lynsey Brown, Jodie Oliver-Baxter

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    Abstract

    Background Integrated care has the potential to deliver efficiencies and improvements in patient experiences and health outcomes. Efforts towards integrated care, especially at the primary and community health levels, have increasingly been under focus, both nationally and internationally. In Australia, regional integration is a priority, and integration of care is a task for meso-level organisations such as Primary Health Networks (PHNs). Objectives This paper seeks to provide a list of elements and questions for consideration by organisations working across primary healthcare settings, looking to enact and improve the delivery of integrated care. Discussion Six elements that consistently emerged during the development of a series of rapid reviews on integrated primary healthcare in Australia are presented in this paper. The elements identified are context, governance and leadership, infrastructure, financing, engagement, and communication. They offer a starting point for reflection in the planning and practices of organisations in their drive for continuous improvements in integrated care.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)149-152
    Number of pages4
    JournalAustralian Family Physician
    Volume45
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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