Integrated care priorities at a national level
International Journal of Integrated Care, 4 June 2008 - ISSN 1568-4156
Conference abstract
Integrated care priorities at a national level
Katharina Viktoria Stein, Centre for Public Health, Institute of Social Medicine, Medical University Vienna, Austria
Karin Eger, Competence Center Integrated Care (CCIV) of the Austrian Sickness Funds, Viennese Sickness Fund, Austria
Anita Rieder, Centre for Public Health, Institute of Social Medicine, Medical University Vienna, Austria
Correspondence to: Viktoria Stein. E-mail: katharina.v.stein@meduniwien.ac.at
Abstract


Aims and Objectives: To identify and prioritise diseases which can be managed by an integrated care model. To develop an adequate methodology therefore. To develop a list of indicators for the design of integrated care models. To research and analyse international experience and evidence.


Methods: Identification and prioritisation of the diseases through means of a literature review, a questionnaire for health professionals and a workshop with scientific and professional experts. Cooperation between the Medical University Vienna and the Competence Centre Integrated Care of the Viennese Sickness Fund.


Results: A report with a priority list of diseases relevant for the Austrian health care system for which integrated care models should be developed over the next years. A role model for other health care systems wanting to develop a national priority list and strategy for integrated care models.


Conclusions: Integrated Care is an adequate model to face the challenges of today's health care systems and can be utilised to restructure health care provision on a national level.

Keywords
disease management programmes; priority setting; Austria

Presentation slides available from: http://www.integratedcarenetwork.org/Sweden2008/slides/01-01-stein.ppt