Integrated Care: A Guide for Policymakers

James Lloyd and Suzanne Wait
Alliance for Health and the Future, undated

Based on the presentations and outcomes of research and discussions held on the occasion of a dedicated workshop at the European Social Network Conference (Edinburgh, 2005), this publication explores in clear and concise terms the rationale for introducing integrated care and its benefits for different users. It discusses the different levels at which integration must occur as well as the different types of integration. Fur ther, it briefly analyses the various outcomes of integration on different users and providers. Finally, it describes specific challenges that policymakers face when they implement integrated care approaches as well as specific steps to be taken to overcome these challenges. Key recommendations to policymakers who take the integrated care agenda forward complete this brief introduction.The annex provides a selection of examples of integrated care approaches in European countries.

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