What do we mean by integrated care? A European interpretation

Billings, Jenny R. (2005) What do we mean by integrated care? A European interpretation. Journal of Integrated Care, 13 (5). pp. 13-20. ISSN 1476-9018. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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It is suggested that a common understanding of integrated care between multi-professional staff is vital to prevent barriers to unification and quality of care. This paper examines qualitative data from PROCARE, a recently completed European project on integrated care for older people, to put forward an interpretation of what integrated care means to staff. Through thematic analysis, four main clusters were identified. The paper suggests that, while the analysis revealed a common and inter-related European interpretation that was somewhat idealised and moralistic, this was countered by challenges to its implementation that were inseparable from the rhetoric. The paper suggests that a collective, morally strong understanding is unable to prevent barriers to integrated care, and that tensions between services remain a prominent impediment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Integrated Care, Europe, Staff Perspectives, Barriers, Procare
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Helen Wooldridge
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2008 19:05
Last Modified: 09 May 2014 10:54
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/5090 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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