Integrated care for frail older people: does it work?

Emiel Hoogendijk is postdoctoral researcher at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he works for the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam. He discusses his Age & Ageing paper ‘How effective is integrated care for community-dwelling frail older people? The case of the Netherlands’

aaHow can we optimise quality of care for frail older people in the community? That is an important question, which is not easy to answer. Integrated care programs are often seen as the solution. These programs are characterised by a multidisciplinary approach, with personalised care based on comprehensive geriatric assessments. In many countries, these programs are implemented in primary care. However, the beneficial effects of these programs are not so clear. It is important to report on both successful and less successful initiatives in the field. By comparing effective and non-effective interventions we may identify elements which can make a difference for frail older people. Continue reading