Does integrated care reduce hospital activity for patients with chronic diseases?

Damery, S. et al. (2016) BMJ Open. 6:e011952

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Objective: To summarise the evidence regarding the effectiveness of integrated care interventions in reducing hospital activity.

Conclusions: Although all outcomes showed some significant reductions, and a number of potentially effective interventions were found, interventions rarely demonstrated unequivocally positive effects. Despite the centrality of integrated care to current policy, questions remain about whether the magnitude of potentially achievable gains is enough to satisfy national targets for reductions in hospital activity.

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