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Continuity of care: a multidisciplinary review

Continuity of care: a multidisciplinary review Education and debate Jeannie L Haggerty, Robert J Reid, George K Freeman, Barbara H Starfield, Carol E Adair, Rachael McKendry The concept—and reality—of continuity of care crosses disciplinary and organisational boundaries. The common definitions provided here should help healthcare providers evaluate continuity more rigorously and improve communication Département de Patients are increasingly seen by an array of providers in Médecine Familiale, a wide variety of organisations and places, raising Université de concerns about fragmentation of care. Policy reports Montréal, Hôpital Notre-Dame Z8910, and charters worldwide urge a concerted effort to 1560 Sherbrooke 1–3 enhance continuity, but efforts to describe the East, Montréal, QC, Canada H2L 4M1 problem or formulate solutions are complicated by the Jeannie L Haggerty lack of consensus on the definition of continuity. To add assistant professor to the confusion, other terms such as continuum of care, Centre for Health coordination of care, discharge planning, case manage- Services and Policy ment, integration of services, and seamless care are often Research, used synonymously. This synthesis was commissioned Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1W6 by three Canadian health services policy and research Robert J Reid bodies. The aim was to develop a common understand- assistant professor ing of the concept http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png BMJ British Medical Journal

Continuity of care: a multidisciplinary review

Continuity of care: a multidisciplinary review

BMJ , Volume 327 (7425) – Nov 22, 2003

Abstract

Education and debate Jeannie L Haggerty, Robert J Reid, George K Freeman, Barbara H Starfield, Carol E Adair, Rachael McKendry The concept—and reality—of continuity of care crosses disciplinary and organisational boundaries. The common definitions provided here should help healthcare providers evaluate continuity more rigorously and improve communication Département de Patients are increasingly seen by an array of providers in Médecine Familiale, a wide variety of organisations and places, raising Université de concerns about fragmentation of care. Policy reports Montréal, Hôpital Notre-Dame Z8910, and charters worldwide urge a concerted effort to 1560 Sherbrooke 1–3 enhance continuity, but efforts to describe the East, Montréal, QC, Canada H2L 4M1 problem or formulate solutions are complicated by the Jeannie L Haggerty lack of consensus on the definition of continuity. To add assistant professor to the confusion, other terms such as continuum of care, Centre for Health coordination of care, discharge planning, case manage- Services and Policy ment, integration of services, and seamless care are often Research, used synonymously. This synthesis was commissioned Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1W6 by three Canadian health services policy and research Robert J Reid bodies. The aim was to develop a common understand- assistant professor ing of the concept

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Publisher
British Medical Journal
Copyright
© 2003 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
ISSN
0959-8138
eISSN
1468-5833
DOI
10.1136/bmj.327.7425.1219
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Abstract

Education and debate Jeannie L Haggerty, Robert J Reid, George K Freeman, Barbara H Starfield, Carol E Adair, Rachael McKendry The concept—and reality—of continuity of care crosses disciplinary and organisational boundaries. The common definitions provided here should help healthcare providers evaluate continuity more rigorously and improve communication Département de Patients are increasingly seen by an array of providers in Médecine Familiale, a wide variety of organisations and places, raising Université de concerns about fragmentation of care. Policy reports Montréal, Hôpital Notre-Dame Z8910, and charters worldwide urge a concerted effort to 1560 Sherbrooke 1–3 enhance continuity, but efforts to describe the East, Montréal, QC, Canada H2L 4M1 problem or formulate solutions are complicated by the Jeannie L Haggerty lack of consensus on the definition of continuity. To add assistant professor to the confusion, other terms such as continuum of care, Centre for Health coordination of care, discharge planning, case manage- Services and Policy ment, integration of services, and seamless care are often Research, used synonymously. This synthesis was commissioned Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1W6 by three Canadian health services policy and research Robert J Reid bodies. The aim was to develop a common understand- assistant professor ing of the concept

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BMJBritish Medical Journal

Published: Nov 22, 2003

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