Taking integrated care forward: People, policy and practice

Marlieke van der Eerden MSc, PhD candidate, and Dr Jeroen Hasselaar, Co-ordinator, Best Practices in Integrated Palliative Care in Europe (InSup-C), were at the 14th International Conference on Integrated Care that took place on 2-4 April 2014.

Last month, we were in Brussels to take part in the 14th International Conference on Integrated Care: ‘Taking integrated care forward: people, policy and practice’. A record number of about 500 people from across the world attended this year’s conference. This number is quite small if you compare it to the number of people who visit EAPC congresses, but the annually increasing number of delegates shows that this quite young ‘Integrated care’ field is growing in importance.

Marlieke van der Eerden

Marlieke van der Eerden

Most sessions focused on the integration of health care and social care. This started with the patient at the centre, whose needs were examined by the caregiver using a holistic view. In this way, not only health-related problems but also social problems were identified. Several caregivers worked together to meet these needs, supported by technology facilitating communication. This was demonstrated by a GP (general practitioner) from New Zealand who provided patients with the right care, at the right moment. He provided medication, information and, when necessary, referred the patient to other organisations. He could even order a taxi to bring the patient to the hospital. An electronic system supported integrated care by connecting patient records from the GP practice, hospital and pharmacy and enabling communication across several organisations.

Dr Jeroen Hasselaar

Dr Jeroen Hasselaar

We were both invited to give a presentation. Jeroen presented the EU-funded FP7 ‘Integrated palliative care’ InSup-C project. He started with an interactive brainstorm about what integrated palliative care is all about and explained the project. Surprisingly, there were some people who were familiar with palliative care, but for most it was a rather new area. My presentation was about the mixed-method study on experiences of patients, family caregivers and professional caregivers with integrated palliative care in Europe. For me (Marlieke), this was a good experience in giving a presentation at an international conference.

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Coming up…
Follow the blog later this year when Dr Marieke Groot and Marlieke van der Eerden MSc. will be contributing another post on preliminary outcomes of the study on experiences of patients, family and professional caregivers with integrated palliative care in Europe.

LLeida_fbSee you at the 8th EAPC World Research Congress in Lleida,  Spain. 5-7 June 2014. Follow us on Twitter @EAPCOnlus – our official congress hashtag is #eapc2014 

Vă așteptăm la cel de-al 8-lea Congres Mondial de Cercetare al EAPC în Leida, Spania, 5 – 7 Iunie 2014. Urmăriți-ne pe Twitter @EAPCOnlus –  hashtag-ul oficial al congresului este #eapc2014

 

 

 

 

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