The growing importance of Primary Care services, understood as those services not provided in the hospital, is mainly due to the progressive ageing of the population. As a matter of fact, elderly people are more likely to be affected by chronic diseases, which require a comprehensive treatment, often involving more than one professional figure and more than one setting. The average age of Europeans, as well as that of all the people living in developed countries, is in fact increasing; that is why decision-makers are looking for innovative management tools, like efficient organisational models or the definition of standard treatment paths for chronic diseases, encouraging coordination and continuity of health care. Italy is not an exception. This study aims to understand how Local Health Authorities (LHAs) in Italy are answering to the new health needs of the population, particularly from the Primary Care’s point of view. The paper reports some results of a case study research on the innovative organizational changes of Primary Care services and tries to systematize: 1) what are the main innovations; 2) how the role of the General Practitioner (GP) has changed in the new organizational models.

Reshaping the institutional design of primary care: why now and what’s next?

COMPAGNI, AMELIA;CORSALINI, ELEONORA;VENDRAMINI, EMANUELE ANTONIO
2010

Abstract

The growing importance of Primary Care services, understood as those services not provided in the hospital, is mainly due to the progressive ageing of the population. As a matter of fact, elderly people are more likely to be affected by chronic diseases, which require a comprehensive treatment, often involving more than one professional figure and more than one setting. The average age of Europeans, as well as that of all the people living in developed countries, is in fact increasing; that is why decision-makers are looking for innovative management tools, like efficient organisational models or the definition of standard treatment paths for chronic diseases, encouraging coordination and continuity of health care. Italy is not an exception. This study aims to understand how Local Health Authorities (LHAs) in Italy are answering to the new health needs of the population, particularly from the Primary Care’s point of view. The paper reports some results of a case study research on the innovative organizational changes of Primary Care services and tries to systematize: 1) what are the main innovations; 2) how the role of the General Practitioner (GP) has changed in the new organizational models.
LA SANITA’ CHE VERRA’: DISEGNO DELLE ISTITUZIONI, EFFICIENZA, EQUITA’
Compagni, Amelia; Corsalini, Eleonora; Vendramini, EMANUELE ANTONIO
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