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Framework For Integrated Health Services For The Elderly

dianagosalvez Diana Gosálvez Prados last modified 30/11/2010 13:44

Finding efficient and effective ways to care for the elderly is always an important issue, and it is an issue of growing importance in Canada as the baby boom cohort ages. Our health system’s central concern has been acute care, that is, treatment of episodes of illness or injury for a short period of time. However, elderly people often have chronic health issues – problems that are long-term and continuing. They may have more than one chronic condition and may need a variety of health and social support services to help them live well.

MacAdam M. Framework For Integrated Health Services For The Elderly: A Systematic Review. Ottawa: Canadian Policy Research Networks Inc.; 2008.



In many cases, appropriate supports can allow those with chronic health issues to live in their own homes rather than in an institution as well as to avoid unnecessary hospital services. But for care to be matched well to individual circumstances, a range of services may need to be coordinated or even, depending on the complexity of the need, “integrated” by pooling resources from multiple systems.

MacAdam M

Norte América
Integrated care