The International Foundation for Integrated Care Newsletter.  An update on projects, events and publications relating to the research, development and implementation of integrated care. 
View this email in your browser

Good news, you still have time!

Early Bird Discount for WCIC2 in Sydney has been extended to 19 September ...

Over the past few months IFIC has received 150 abstracts showcasing good practice, innovative projects, new policy developments and the latest research and theory in integrated care. This is a fantastic response and a good indicator for how integrated care as a model for improving health systems and outcomes has been embraced across the globe. 

Our scientific committee have worked hard to select the very best of these submissions to present at the 2nd World Congress on Integrated Care in Sydney from 23-25 November 2014. 

We are very close to announcing the full programme and expect to do so in the next two weeks but in the meantime we would like to offer you an extended opportunity to avail of the early bird discount until 19 September. Over 150 delegates have already secured their place and it is expected that this congress will sell out. If you are planning on attending, it makes good sense to book your place now so that you are not disappointed later on.  

Recently published in the International Journal of Integrated Care


Volume 14 – April - June issue

An Editorial

Yet another Bradford’s law: new evidence on integrated care from Japan by Etsuji Okamoto

“One might expect a sharp increase of articles from the hitherto under-represented countries in the literature as a paradigm shift towards integrated systems of care takes place.”

Research and Theory 

Methodological development of the interactive INTERLINKS Framework for Long Term Care by Jenny Ruth Billings, Kai Leichsenring

“There is increasing international research into health and social care services for older people in need of long-term care (LTC), but problems remain with respect to acquiring robust comparative information to enable judgements to be made regarding the most beneficial and cost-effective approaches.”

Organizing integrated care in a university hospital: application of a conceptual framework by Runo Axelsson, Susanna Bihari Axelsson, Jeppe Gustafsson, Janne Seemann

“The development of integrated care started in the fields of health promotion and primary health care, but the concept has also been applied in other fields of health and social care like care of the elderly, care of chronic conditions and different forms of community care, including open psychiatric care and treatment of drug abuse.”

Information sharing with rural family caregivers during care transitions of hip fracture patients by Jacobi Elliott, Dorothy Forbes, Bert M Chesworth, Christine Ceci, Paul Stolee

“Families played a major role in providing the health care provider with information such as past medical history, previous ability to complete activities of daily living and other information. In cases where the patient has difficulty communicating, or in the frequent case when information is not received by a health care provider in the new setting from his or her counterpart in the previous setting, families are vital for ensuring this information is obtained.”

Integrated care: a comprehensive bibliometric analysis and literature review by Xiaowei Sun, Wenxi Tang, Ting Ye, Yan Zhang, Wen Bo, Liang Zhang

“Information system integration was the foundation of the integrated care system. The integrated framework should include the conventional medical record and ancillary information about patients, investigations and procedures, a system for logging, managing and monitoring progress when things go wrong, a data repository for collating information from all available sources, and a risk management framework underpinning both proactive and reactive responses.”

Integrated Care Case Study 

Assessing patients’ experience of integrated care: a survey of patient views in the North West London Integrated Care Pilot by Nikolaos Mastellos, Laura Gunn, Matthew Harris, Azeem Majeed, Josip Car, Yannis Pappas

“Our results show positive patient experience with the Integrated Care Pilot. However, they also reveal deficiencies in the care planning process as most participants were not aware of having a care plan with their local primary care practice by the time of the study.”

A Lost and Found Paper

Adapting the Quebecois method for assessing implementation to the French National Alzheimer Plan 2008–2012: lessons for gerontological services integration by Dominique Somme, Hélène Trouvé, Catherine Perisset, Aline Corvol, Joël Ankri, Olivier Saint-Jean, Matthieu de Stampa

“The Programme of Research to Integrate Services for the Maintenance of Autonomy-France experiment and its institutionalization within the framework of the National Alzheimer Plan 2008–2012 constitute highly original sources of knowledge. Indeed, because the same integration implementation method was applied in France and Quebec, it is possible, for the first time, to obtain transnational data on integrations and to accumulate information on the assessment of the extent of integration implementation.”


Communities as co-producers in integrated care by Henk Nies

In the conceptualisation of integrated care, we should incorporate communities and their members as co-producers of health and well-being. In high-income countries, care for people with complex needs is often seen as a specialised professional and institutionalised (or highly standardised) domain.”


Volume 14 – July - September issue

Research and Theory 

Identification of mechanisms enabling integrated care for patients with chronic diseases: a literature review by Denise van der Klauw, Hanneke Molema, Liset Grooten, Hubertus Vrijhoef

“The aim of our study is to aggregate scientific articles that provide a description and/or a refinement of an integrated care model or programme, and to identify the state of current literature about mechanisms that can or have been used to achieve certain objectives.”

Do telemonitoring projects of heart failure fit the Chronic Care Model? by Evi Willemse, Jef Adriaenssens, Tinne Dilles, Roy Remmen

“Cooperation and coordination in telemonitoring appears to be major barriers but are, within primary care as well as between the lines of care, important links in follow-up. This discrepancy can be prohibitive for deployment of good chronic care.”

Policy Paper

Integration of care systems in Portugal: anatomy of recent reforms by Silvina Santana, Nina Szczygiel, Patrícia Redondo

“Important opportunities to overcome difficulties in integration of care in Portugal seem to be emerging in the context of recent reforms, with the launch of the long-term integrated care programme, the development of Family Health Units, the quest for evaluation and increasing implementation of quality systems and a new drive to pay-for-service.”

For more information on the International Journal of Integrated Care, contact Managing Editor, Susan Royer 

Upcoming Events

IFIC are proud to be a partner at the International Digital Health and Care Congress taking place at the King's Fund in London from 10-12 September. If you are attending please come and visit us at our stand. If you haven't yet booked your ticket, there are still some places available. Book your ticket here. If you can't make it you can still follow all the action on twitter at #kfdigital
Planning is taking place for the 15th International Conference for Integrated Care, in partnership with the Scottish Government and NHS24, which will take place in Edinburgh from 25 - 27 March 2015. Check out the IFIC website for updates on keynote speakers and details on the call for papers. If you are interested in being a part of the scientific committee contact Lourdes Ferrer
The King's Fund Annual Integrated Care Summit will take place in London on 14 October 2014. Keynote speakers include Magda Rosenmöller, Coordinator for Project INTEGRATE, Helmut Hildebrandt, CEO OptiMedis AG and CEO Gesundes Kinzigital GmbH and Martin McShane, Director for Long-term Conditions, NHS England. Find out more. 

Costa Rica will host the Third Latin American and Caribbean Conference on Global Health in November 2014

Under the theme "Global Health Development Agenda Post 2015: Challenges from the Americas" the Third Latin American and Caribbean Conference on Global Health will be held in San Jose, Costa Rica from 19-21 November 2014.


In July the Health Foundation published an Evidence Scan on Improvement Collaboratives in Healthcare. The Scan is authored by Debra de Silva and and compiles research about whether quality improvement collaboratives are effective. Download the Scan
Also in July the WHO published a Policy Summary considering "What is the 
evidence on the economic impacts of integrated care? The paper is authored by Ellen Nolte and Emma Pitchforth with input from Dr Nick Goodwin, CEO of IFIC. Download the full report

Have you got news? 

If you would like to submit news for our newsletter or find our more about our work including our conferences and events please contact our Director of Communications, Fiona Lyne
Share your updates and follow us on twitter @IFICinfo 
Copyright © 2014 International Foundation for Integrated Care, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences