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Healthc Q. 2011;14 Spec No 3:64-70.

Integrated complex care model: lessons learned from inter-organizational partnership.

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Division of Pediatric Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children and the Departments of Pediatrics and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario. eyal.cohen@sickkids.ca

Abstract

Providing integrated care for children with medical complexity in Canada is challenging as these children are, by definition, in need of coordinated care from disparate providers, organizations and funders across the continuum in order to optimize health outcomes. We describe the development of an inter-organizational team constructed as a unique tripartite partnership of an acute care hospital, a children's rehabilitation hospital and a home/community health organization focused on children who frequently use services across these three organizations. Model building and operationalization within the Canadian healthcare system is emphasized. Key challenges identified to date include communication and policy barriers as well as optimizing interactions with families; critical enablers have been alignment with policy trends in healthcare and inter-organizational commitment to integrate at the point of care. Considerations for policy developments supporting full integration across service sectors are raised. Early indicators of success include the enrolment of 34 clients and patients and the securing of funds to evaluate and expand the model to serve more children.

PMID:
22008576
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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