The NHS appointed 16 Integrated Care Pilots with a range of aims, including the development of new organisational structures to support integration, changes in staff roles, reducing unscheduled or unnecessary emergency hospital admissions, reducing the length of hospital stay, increasing patient satisfaction, and reducing costs. This article describes the proposed evaluation of these projects.
The objective is to produce an evidence base for integrated care, identifying which interventions are likely to be effective. The intention is to reduce uncertainties about the role of integrated care in improving the efficient and effective delivery of healthcare.
Ling, T. Bardsley, M. [and] Adams, J. [et al] (2010). Evaluation of UK Integrated Care Pilots: research protocol. International Journal of Integrated Care, September 27th 2010, Vol.10, pp.1-15. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).