‘Integrated care’ is a term that reflects a concern to improve patient experience and achieve greater efficiency and value from health delivery systems. The aim is to address fragmentation in patient services, and enable better coordinated and more continuous care, frequently for an ageing population which has increasing incidence of chronic disease.'
New strategy: Global people-centred integrated health services, World Health Organisation, March 2015
Dr Ed Kelley, Director Service Delivery and Safety, WHO launches the WHO global strategy on people-centred and integrated health services interim report at ICIC15 in Edinburgh, March 2015.
Animation: Joined up care
Why does 'integrated care' matter? And what will it mean for patients? This short animation "aims to bring integrated care to life for anyone involved in improving patient care." This is just one of a number of useful resources on integrated care from the Kings Fund.
(Integrated Care,(external link) Kings Fund, UK)