Integrated primary healthcare systems

Context

Primary health care is being looked to as the main locus for development of new approaches to the management of long term conditions. This represents a policy priority for developed nations that results from demographic factors, a move towards greater self-management of disease; and a desire on the part of patients and professionals for more care to be delivered in non-hospital settings. Given that many countries are seeking to respond to these pressures by exploring and implementing new models of health care provision that seek to integrate primary and community health services in a more effective manner HSMC, together with colleagues from New Zealand and Australia, is undertaking a research-based comparative analysis of how four countries (Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK) are responding to the pressure to develop new models of integrated primary health care. A paper will be published in the Autumn.

Aims

The research sets out a proposal for a research-based comparative analysis of how four countries (Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK) are responding to the pressure to develop new models of integrated primary health care

The project is intended as a scoping project with a view to developing a more substantial research proposal through international collaborative funding routes to be agreed by the research team. 

Outputs

A scoping paper, academic publications and fuller research proposal.

Date: 2008
Researcher: Helen Parker