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Management continuity in local health networks


Mylaine Breton ,

University of Sherbrooke, CA
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PhD, postdoctoral student, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sherbrooke

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Jeannie Haggerty,

Professor, McGill University, CA
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PhD, Professor at McGill University
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Danièle Roberge,

Professor University of Sherbrooke, CA
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PhD, Professor at University of Sherbrooke
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George K Freeman

Imperial College London, GB
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MD, Emeritus Professor of General Practice, Imperial College London
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Introduction: Patients increasingly receive care from multiple providers in a variety of settings. They expect management continuity that crosses boundaries and bridges gaps in the healthcare system. To our knowledge, little research has been done to assess coordination across organizational and professional boundaries from the patients' perspective. Our objective was to assess whether greater local health network integration is associated with management continuity as perceived by patients.

Method: We used the data from a research project on the development and validation of a generic and comprehensive continuity measurement instrument that can be applied to a variety of patient conditions and settings. We used the results of a cross-sectional survey conducted in 2009 with 256 patients in two local health networks in Quebec, Canada. We compared four aspects of management continuity between two contrasting network types (highly integrated vs. poorly integrated).

Results: The scores obtained in the highly integrated network are better than those of the poorly integrated network on all dimensions of management continuity (coordinator role, role clarity and coordination between clinics, and information gaps between providers) except for experience of care plan.

Conclusion: Some aspects of care coordination among professionals and organizations are noticed by patients and may be valid indicators to assess care coordination.

How to Cite: Breton M, Haggerty J, Roberge D, Freeman GK. Management continuity in local health networks. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2012;12(2):None. DOI:
Published on 13 Apr 2012.
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