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Healthc Q. 2009;13 Spec No:16-23.

Ten key principles for successful health systems integration.

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Health Systems and Workforce Research Unit, Alberta Health Services, Calgary Health Region. esther.suter@albertahealthservices.ca

Abstract

Integrated health systems are considered part of the solution to the challenge of sustaining Canada's healthcare system. This systematic literature review was undertaken to guide decision-makers and others to plan for and implement integrated health systems. This review identified 10 universal principles of successfully integrated healthcare systems that may be used by decision-makers to assist with integration efforts. These principles define key areas for restructuring and allow organizational flexibility and adaptation to local context. The literature does not contain a one-size-fits-all model or process for successful integration, nor is there a firm empirical foundation for specific integration strategies and processes.

PMID:
20057244
PMCID:
PMC3004930
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