Care Coordination & Integration

In order to have an effective healthcare system that is patient centered, care coordination is inherent. This involves significant communication between health professionals, to ensure that quality care is consistently provided to patients. In addition, as care teams strive to make primary care the center for all of a patient’s general needs, further integration may be necessary. With primary care serving as the “hub” for most patients, incorporating facets of other fields is not only plausible but an obvious next step for better coordination. 

 

The PCC has consistently acknowledged the need for an increase in care coordination, and further integration of other fields, such as oral health and behavioral health. The PCC has shown a commitment to further primary care integration by creating the Primary Care and Behavioral Health Integration Workgroup and participating in grants centered around increasing the visibility of oral health in the primary care space. 

Resources

Validation of PHQ-2 and PHQ-9 to Screen for Major Depression in the Primary Care Population | July 2010
Strengthening Diversity in Research Partnerships | April 2019
Does a Peer Support Program Improve Satisfaction with Treatment among Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea? | January 2019
Comparing Three Ways to Prepare Children and Caregivers to Manage Asthma after an Emergency Room Visit | December 2018
Care Coordination | August 2018
Properly coordinated patient care leads to greater patient safety and better outcomes. This resource provides information on why care coordination is so important and how it can be incorporated in to practice. It also includes links to resources for measures of care coordination.
PCPCC | October 2018
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