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Structuring an integrated care system: interpreted through the enacted diversity of the actors involved – the case of a French healthcare network

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Corinne Grenier

Euromed Management (France), FR
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Professor of Strategy and Innovation

Scientific Head of the Chair in Healthcare and Social

researcher affiliated to the Cergam Laboratory, University of Aix-Marseilles III

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Abstract

Research question: We are looking at the process of structuring an integrated care system as an innovative process that swings back and forth between the diversity of the actors involved, local aspirations and national and regional regulations. We believe that innovation is enriched by the variety of the actors involved, but may also be blocked or disrupted by that diversity. Our research aims to add to other research, which, when questioning these integrated systems, analyses how the actors involved deal with diversity without really questioning it.

Case study: The empirical basis of the paper is provided by case study analysis. The studied integrated care system is a French healthcare network that brings together healthcare professionals and various organisations in order to improve the way in which interventions are coordinated and formalised, in order to promote better detection and diagnosis procedures and the implementation of a care protocol. We consider this case as instrumental in developing theoretical proposals for structuring an integrated care system in light of the diversity of the actors involved.

Results and discussion: We are proposing a model for structuring an integrated care system in light of the enacted diversity of the actors involved. This model is based on three factors: the diversity enacted by the leaders, three stances for considering the contribution made by diversity in the structuring process and the specific leading role played by those in charge of the structuring process.  Through this process, they determined how the actors involved in the project were differentiated, and on what basis those actors were involved. By mobilizing enacted diversity, the leaders are seeking to channel the emergence of a network in light of their own representation of that network. This model adds to published research on the structuring of integrated care systems.

How to Cite: Grenier C. Structuring an integrated care system: interpreted through the enacted diversity of the actors involved – the case of a French healthcare network. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2011;11(1):None. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.526
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Published on 16 Feb 2011.
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