Scientific literature related to integrated healthcare

16 November 2023 | virtual mobility

This VM aimed at  identification of scientific literature related to integrated healthcare and care for older adults and its implementation using the research evidence available in 3 large digital libraries: MDPI, Springer and PubMed. The topic was scoped from several implementations related perspectives aiming to capture major constraints and risks in the implementation of integrated care for older people. Additionally, multiple benefits were analyzed implying holistic care, cost savings, enhanced quality, resource utilization, patient satisfaction. 

The cooperation network gathered under this VM has been aligned around the topic “Reviewing scientific literature (2013 – 2023) about integrated care for elderly people” identified by the WG2 leader Aurelija.Blazeviciene. The  VM  contributors were applicant Tatjana Loncar-Turukalo (Serbia) and network members: Milica Solarevic (Serbia),  Vladimir Trajkovik (North Macedonia) and Eftim Zdravevski (North Macedonia).

Altogether the comprehensive literature review has been delivered as a result of this VM, scoping the research evidence on implementation of integrated care in older adults with regard to the following research questions:  (1) What are the most significant research trends on implementation of integrated care? (2) What are the most critical identified barriers, concerns and challenges from perspective of the stakeholders in the process?

917 relevant paper in the period of 2013-2023 has been identified, and during the VM the most relevant information has been identified, structured and visualized. We have found and described basic roadmaps defined by the polices in power and experiences from pilots’ sites. The VM applicant has as well addressed some relevant evidence from a period before 2013, which contributed to the successful follow up work in the past decade.  Reports summarizes evidence from pilot sites in European Union, USA, Canada, China, and Australia, and Japan. Within Europe experiences from Sweeden, France, Germany, UK, Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland, Finland and Iceland have been gathered. Implementation barriers and facilitators for integrated care in older populations at different levels of integration have been identified based on the evidence collected from these pilot attempts.