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Project INTEGRATE: Lessons for Policy, Management and Implementation of Integrated Care in Europe

Collection launched: 13 Sep 2017

Project INTEGRATE was a four-year EU-funded research project (September 2012 to August 2016) that aimed to gain valuable insights into the leadership, management and delivery of integrated care to support European care systems to respond to the challenges of ageing populations and the rise of people living with long-term chronic conditions (http://projectintegrate.eu.com/)

This special collection seeks to support the dissemination and learning from the Project by providing summaries and links to the published works of the academics involved, including to original papers published in IJIC. Specifically, the special collection focuses on the core work undertaken in the final phases of the research programme that investigated factors in the design, implementation, management and policy of integrated care programmes.

Involving an analysis of four European case studies of care integration, the research concluded that integrated care was an approach to service transformation that had the potential to improve the quality of care experiences and outcomes to patients. However, the research found that implementation was highly context-specific requiring a set of essential pre-requisites to be met at a micro-, meso- and macro-level.

Project INTEGRATE received funding from the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for Research, Technical Development, and Demonstration Under Grant Agreement number 305821