Integrated primary care organizations: to what extent is integration occurring and why?
Steven Simoens, Anthony Scott
Health Services Management Research | Published : 2005
Integration in primary health care is occurring in many health-care systems without a clear understanding of the meaning of integration, its form and rationale. This literature review examines the definition and extent of integration, as well as the factors that might encourage it in the context of British integrated primary care organizations (IPCOs). Integration is complex and multifaceted. No commonly agreed definitions of integration have been developed and the range of dimensions examined in the empirical literature was limited. However, some of the dimensions examined in studies of IPCOs may be useful in better understanding the form integration takes. Few studies were designed to exam..View full abstract