The complexity of the health system means that integration and coordination will always be problematic in one area or another. This study will define integration, coordination and multidisciplinary care within the Australian health and determine which strategies have been shown to be effective under what circumstances, and the cost of effective strategies.

Project Status

Completed Projects

Chief Investigators

Gawaine Powell Davies, David Perkins, Mark Harris, Martin Roland

Associate Investigators

Julie McDonald, Judy Proudfoot

Other Team Members

Karen Larson

Rationale

Integration and coordination are often invisible tasks within the health system that come to notice when the arrangements for coordination fail to support coherent health care in areas where this matters. The complexity of the health system means that integration and coordination will always be problematic in one area or another. New trends in health care need or provision will often give rise to new problems in integration and coordination.

The types of arrangement that are effective for integration and coordination are highly context dependent, depending in part upon the health care issues being addressed, expectations of the public and the characteristics of the system within which they operate.

Aims

To define:
(a) integration, coordination and multidisciplinary care within the Australian health care system and other comparable health care systems;
(b) strategies that have been employed to improve integration, coordination and multidisciplinary care within primary health care, health and health related services.

To determine: Which strategies have been shown to be effective under what circumstances, and the cost of effective strategies.

Design and Method

Narrative Systematic Review

Key Publications

Report: http://www.anu.edu.au/aphcri/Domain/MultidisciplinaryTeams/Final_1_Powell-Davies.pdf

Paper: Powell Davies G, Williams AM, Larsen K, Perkins D, Roland M, Harris M. Coordinating primary health care: an analysis of the outcomes of a systematic review. MJA 2008; 188 (8 Suppl): S65-S68

Contact

Anna Williams Email: a.williams@unsw.edu.au

Funding

Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute

Project lead centre
CPHCE
Project stream
Health System Integration and Primary Health Care Development
Project start date
2005
Project end date
2006