Objective: This study explores the processes of integration that are assumed to underlie integrated care delivery. Design: A quasi-experimental design with a control group was used; a new instrument was developed to measure integration from the professional perspective. Setting and participants: Professionals from primary care practices and home-care organizations delivering care to the frail elderly in the Walcheren region of the Netherlands. Intervention: An integrated care intervention specifically targeting frail elderly patients was implemented. Main Outcome Measures: Structural, cultural, social and strategic integration and satisfaction with integration. Results: The intervention significantly improved structural, cultural and social integration, agreement on goals, interests, power and resources and satisfaction with integration. Conclusions: This study confirms that integrated care structures foster processes of integration among professionals. Trial registration: Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN05748494.

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Keywords Frail elderly patients, Integrated care, Integration processes, professional perspective, Satisfaction
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1093/intqhc/mzw045, hdl.handle.net/1765/93782
Journal International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Janse, B, Huijsman, R, de Kuyper, R.D.M, & Fabbricotti, I.N. (2016). Do integrated care structures foster processes of integration? A quasi-experimental study in frail elderly care from the professional perspective. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 28(3), 376–383. doi:10.1093/intqhc/mzw045