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Limes Livingstone Integrated Care Project: Report findings from research for the PROCARE study

Coxon, Kirstie and Billings, Jenny R. (2004) Limes Livingstone Integrated Care Project: Report findings from research for the PROCARE study. Project report. Centre for Health Services Studies, Canterbury (KAR id:6537)

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The ‘Procare’ project is a European study, funded by the European Commission’s fifth framework programme. A major challenge facing all European countries is

population ageing, and the rising costs of long-term health and social care. This has been the subject of the ‘Procare’ study into issues, problems and solutions of providing integrated health and social care for older people.

Integrated care

In the UK, the problems of ‘joint working’ between health and social care have been documented since the 1940s, and evidence of fragmented working is widely

recognised across the public sector. The demographic challenges of funding care and managing NHS and social services resources for an ageing population has led governments here and across Europe to focus upon integrated care for older people.

The intentions of integration are twofold –firstly, it is expected to improve quality of care and enhance the older person’s experience of care, and secondly, there is an expectation that integrated working will be more streamlined, and therefore a more efficient use of resources. In terms of outcomes, there is a belief that integrated working will mean that older people get the support they need, and will then be able to remain independent for longer, with fewer admissions to acute hospital beds or residential care units. To date, this is a common sense assumption rather than being

supported by empirical evidence, and the difficulties of conducting large scale, quantitative research amongst a section of the population for whom research access

opportunities are limited mean that this may remain the case for some time.

Item Type: Monograph (Project report)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Paula Loader
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2008 01:48 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:44 UTC
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