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Title: An in-depth analysis of theoretical frameworks for the study of care coordination
Authors: Van Houdt, Sabine # ×
Heyrman, Jan
Vanhaecht, Kris #
Sermeus, Walter
De Lepeleire, Jan #
Issue Date: 27-Jun-2013
Publisher: Igitur, Utrecht Pub. & Archiving Services
Series Title: International Journal of Integrated Care vol:13
Abstract: Introduction
Complex chronic conditions often require long-term care from various healthcare professionals. Thus, maintaining quality care requires care coordination. Concepts for the study of care coordination require clarification to develop, study and evaluate coordination strategies. In 2007, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality defined care coordination and proposed five theoretical frameworks for exploring care coordination. This study aimed to update current theoretical frameworks and clarify key concepts related to care coordination.
Methods
We performed a literature review to update existing theoretical frameworks. An in-depth analysis of these theoretical frameworks was conducted to formulate key concepts related to care coordination.
Results
Our literature review found seven previously unidentified theoretical frameworks for studying care coordination. The in-depth analysis identified fourteen key concepts that the theoretical frameworks addressed. These were external factors€, structure, €œtasks characteristics€, €œcultural factors€, knowledge and technology€, €œneed for coordination€, €œadministrative operational processes€, €œexchange of information€, defining and sharing goals€, definition and awareness of €œroles€ among caregivers, the quality of relationships, patient outcome€, €œteam outcome€, and(inter)organizational outcome.
Conclusion
These 14 interrelated key concepts provide a base to develop or choose a framework for studying care coordination. The relational coordination theory and the multi-level framework are interesting as these are the most comprehensive.
ISSN: 1568-4156
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: DI
Appears in Collections:Academic Center for General Practice
Academic Centre for Nursing and Midwifery
× corresponding author
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