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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventBritish Society of Gerontology 39th Annual Conference, Identities, Care and Everyday Life - Brunel, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Jul 20108 Jul 2010


ConferenceBritish Society of Gerontology 39th Annual Conference, Identities, Care and Everyday Life
CountryUnited Kingdom


This paper presents the findings of a systematic review, which formed an integral part of a project commissioned by the NIHR SDO to examine the effectiveness of Inter-professional working (IPW) for older people living in the community. Health and social care policy in the UK advocates cross-organisational, public-private collaborations and IPW to support older people with complex and multiple needs. Whilst there is a growing understanding of what supports the process of Inter-professional team working, research has highlighted the complexities of partnership working and a lack of evidence linking partnership working to explicit patient outcomes.
The purpose of this review was to evaluate the effectiveness of Inter-professional working and to identify the types of models and contextual settings that have the strongest evidence base for practice in community dwelling older people. We searched electronic databases from 1 January 1990 – 31 March 2008 and selected relevant papers according to our inclusion criteria: Interventions that involved inter professional, cross-organisational working for community dwelling older people and randomised controlled trials (RCT) reporting patient relevant outcomes. We retrieved 3211 records and included 41 RCTs which we classified according to four IPW models derived from the theoretical literature: Case Management, Collaboration, Full Integrated Team, and Organisational. We will present findings on the following questions: 1) What types of interventions are described? 2) How is IPW organised? 3) What are the outcomes of different models of IPW? We will discuss the methodological challenges and implications of the findings for practice and research.
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