Understanding integrated care: a complex process, a fundamental principle

Nick Goodwin
Reference:  Int J Integr Care 2013; Jan–Mar, URN:NBN:NL:UI:10-1-114416

Over the past year I have been involved in a range of research and development activities that seek to understand and/or promote the successful adoption of integrated care. In each of these, a common opening statement from protagonists is to typically say that 'there is no universally accepted definition of integrated care, no one model of care that can be replicated locally, and little evidence to tell us that it works'. Whilst the latter might be disputed it remains true that people struggle with what integrated care means and particularly how it can be applied.

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