Frameworks of Integrated Care for the Elderly: A Systematic Review

Margaret MacAdam
Canadian Policy Research Networks Inc., 2008

This paper reviews the literature on efforts to provide integrated care for the elderly. It examines articles and papers that study comprehensive models of integrated or coordinated care. The papers reviewed indicate that it is possible to design integrated programs that redirect care away from institutional services (use of long-term care homes and hospital care) and achieve improved quality of life and reduced caregiver burden. The specific features of successful models may vary, but typically include the use of case management and access to a wide range of social and health supportive services. However, while client outcomes improve, cost savings are not immediate. Investments have to be made to realize the potential of integrated care.

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