This report traces the development and impact of integrated care to date, highlights some examples of successful practice and draws out the key lessons for later-adopters | National Association of Primary Care
This report suggests that a number of of factors – ageing populations, an increased prevalence of multiple chronic disease and rising expectations of what health care and technology can offer – combined with limited human and financial resources, have placed health systems under intolerable and unsustainable strain.
Integrated Care Systems, where health providers collaborate with other community stakeholders to prevent ill health, provide more comprehensive care closer to home, keep people out of hospital and reduce costs, is seen as the antidote to these problems. This approach is now spreading around the world, taking many different forms from country to country.
This report of a two-day symposium attended by health experts from the UK, USA and Ireland, traces the development and impact of integrated care to date, highlights some examples of successful practice and draws out the key lessons for later-adopters.