Care integration has become an important part of managing health and social care services all over the world. Bringing organisations together is thought to produce better access to care, reduce health care expenditure and improve quality of care for patients and service users. This book helps managers to think about how to collaborate in integrated care programmes. It provides practical advice on how to implement various aspects of care integration, such as finance, digital technology and evaluation. The book also contains chapters on the social and behavioural strategies, values and leadership approaches that should underpin integration. Each chapter contains key information based on the current state of research, illustrations from practical contexts and further reading.
About the Author
Axel Kaehne is a Reader in the Medical School at Edge Hill University, UK. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Integrated Care. His research interests include evaluating health care improvement programmes. Henk Nies is a Director of Strategy and Development at Vilans, Centre of Expertise for Long-term Care in the Netherlands. He is also Professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and member of the Quality Council of the National Health Care Institute in the Netherlands. He has been involved in a number of national and European projects concerning integrated healthcare.