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Int J Integr Care. 2002;2:e12.

Integrated care: meaning, logic, applications, and implications--a discussion paper.

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Health Policy & Management, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, 40 West Fourth Street, New York, New York 10003, USA.


Integrated care is a burgeoning field. As is often the case in new areas of inquiry and action, conceptual clarification is demanded. Without such attention, it would be difficult to advance theory and practice in this increasingly important professional arena. In the following discussion paper, the authors explore the intellectual territory of integrated care, and underscore the need for a patient-centric imperative and meaning. They also examine the practical applications and implications arising from their views. The intention is to stimulate fruitful dialogue and debate about what 'integrated care' could and should be.

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