Managing effective partnerships in older people's services

Henk Nies*

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Abstract

The integration of older people's services is a challenge to all countries with an ageing population. Although it is widely acknowledged that acute care, long-term care, social care, housing, leisure, education and other services should all operate in a more 'joined-up manner', achieving this in practice remains extremely difficult. Against this background, the European Union (EU) Care and Management of Services for Older People in Europe Network (CARMEN) project set out to explore the management of integrated care in 11 EU countries. Summarising key themes from the project, this paper explores the management of integrated care, the skills required, the mechanisms which aid successful integrated approaches, and future research priorities. Although very challenging, the concept of integrated care is still a promising way forward when seeking to meet the challenges of an ageing society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-399
Number of pages9
JournalHealth and Social Care in the Community
Volume14
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006

Keywords

  • Health and social care
  • Integrated care
  • Management
  • Older people

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