Integrated working between residential care homes and primary care: a survey of care homes in England

Heather Gage, Angela Dickinson, Christina Victor, Peter Williams, Jerome Cheynel, Susan Davies, Steve Iliffe, Katherine Froggatt, Wendy Martin, Claire Goodman

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Abstract

Older people living in care homes in England have complex health needs due to a range of medical conditions, mental health needs and frailty. Despite an increasing policy expectation that professionals should operate in an integrated way across organisational boundaries, there is a lack of understanding between care homes and the National Health Service (NHS) about how the two sectors should work together, meaning that residents can experience a poor "fit" between their needs, and services they can access. This paper describes a survey to establish the current extent of integrated working that exists between care homes and primary and community health and social services.
Original languageEnglish
Article number71
JournalBMC Geriatrics
Volume12
Issue number1
Early online date14 Nov 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2012

Keywords

  • care homes
  • older people
  • primary care
  • integrated working

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