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.
Section: Making Integration Work
Sector: Community support
Organization type: Hospital
Location: Canada, International
Integration type: Back office, Behind the scenes, Clinical/service, Coordination/cooperation, Joint initiatives
Document type: Case study, Research and analysis
Source: Other non-governmental
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