Research focus

How to ensure better integrated care

Three recent studies look at methods to facilitate greater integrated care

Navigating health and social care systems can be complex. Three recent studies look at methods to facilitate greater integrated care

Learning points

  • People of any age with complex needs may benefit from care coordination or navigation services
  • These services may generate considerable cost savings
  • Removing or reducing factors which hinder integrated care approaches could improve outcomes
Significant reductions in tertiary hospital encounters and less travel for families after implementation of Paediatric Care Coordination in Australia

A cohort study has revealed that a nurse-led care coordination role on family outcomes as well as the use of specialist hospital services achieved a significant reduction in healthcare costs and time savings.

Children with medical complexity struggle to have their needs met by Australian healthcare systems. This study measured changes to hospital usage and associated healthcare costs


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