The International Journal of Integrated Care (IJIC) is an online, open-access, peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes original articles in the field of integrated care on a continuous basis.
IJIC has an Impact Factor of 5.120 (2020 JCR, received in June 2021)
In 2011, IJIC produced a special collection of articles which reviewed integrated care developments in a number of countries. Ten years on, there has been collective progress across the world in recognising the importance of integrated care and integrated care is becoming a reality for more people. Each country has taken its own approach which provides an opportunity for learning about what has been successful and what could have been implemented better. There is also a need for those who are less familiar with policy and practice of integrated care to have access to an informed and critical overview of recent developments.
This 20th Anniversary Edition presents a series of policy papers which review progress with integrated care from countries and regions from across the world. To introduce the article, lead authors have provided a talking head of the main achievements and points of learning for other health and care systems.
Special edition editors: Professor Robin Miller, Professor Viktoria Stein and Professor Nick Goodwin
Posted on 01 Nov 2021
The success of IJIC over the last couple of years combined with the ever-growing interest in the topic has broadened our reach and our network. Many new readers and authors have joined us and young and established researchers are increasingly interested in publishing about integrated care. That is why we have decided to trial a new service: the IJIC Office Hour. An editor-in-chief and an editorial board member will be available online for an hour to answer all your questions around writing and publishing in IJIC, and to discuss any topical questions about the subject matter. Over the coming months, we will offer 4 office hours to cover all time zones.
The first IJIC Office Hour will be hosted by Viktoria Stein, IJIC co-editor-in chief, and Mirella Minkman, IJIC editorial board member and IFIC board member.
Friday, 19 November from 10.30 to 11.30 CET.
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You are welcome to send in your inquiries beforehand, and we will collect the questions and answers and post them in the FAQ section afterwards. Please contact our managing editor Susan Royer, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Looking forward to meeting you all!
The IJIC co-Editors-in-Chief and the IJIC Editorial Board
Posted on 18 Oct 2021
We are very pleased that the 22nd International Conference on Integrated Care will take place in Odense, Denmark, from 23 – 25 May 2022. The conference is a partnership with Healthcare Denmark in cooperation with Odense University Hospital, Municipality of Odense, Campus Odense and Inspiring Denmark. Denmark is among international frontrunners when it comes to integrated healthcare services.
A coherent and integrated healthcare system is key to solving the demographic challenges and reduce patient length of stay at hospitals. A high degree of coherence means that Denmark can address newly diagnosed cancers with clinical pathways, which connect hospitals, clinics, GPs and the patients. This has already led to remarkable progress in Danish cancer survival.
A coherent and integrated healthcare system with a high degree of digitalization enables real-time sharing of electronic data and makes it possible to initiate early diagnostics and address chronic diseases in new ways, where the patients are empowered and involved in handling their own disease.
Electronic communication and sharing of information enable municipalities, home care staff and the hospital to support elderly citizens to stay in their own homes as long as possible. As a result, the patients experience fewer admissions and shorter length of stays at hospital, and the risk of frailty, leading to long hospital admissions, is drastically reduced.
The conference will operate as a hybrid event. While we are very excited to be physically together in Odense, the hybrid formal means that people who do not wish to travel next May can join and present at the conference via video link and present their paper digitally, however a delegate fee and registration will still be required.
The scientific committee for this conference has been established from international experts who are leading in the field of Integrated Care. They are accepting paper submissions on research, policy or education and specifically related to the Conference Themes and the 9 Pillars of Integrated Care until Friday, 15 October. The full abstract should be limited to 500 words. All accepted abstracts will be published in the International Journal of Integrated Care (Impact factor 5.120) and recordings of presentations and workshops and all digital posters will be connected to the Knowledge Tree.
Each abstract submitter is asked to choose one of the Conference Themes and which of the 9 pillars that their paper is most relevant to, understanding there will be an overlap. This system will enable the programme committee and Special Interest Group leads to group papers together in a way that works best for delegates to navigate the programme and maximize the learning opportunities.
Special consideration is given to papers that can demonstrate active people involvement in either or all of design, implementation and evaluation!
This year we are also introducing a new supplementary submission format specifically for Real-World Experiences or Case Studies. The traditional written abstract option will continue to be available, but now we will also offer the opportunity for individuals to submit a 5-minute video presentation in lieu of a paper submission. This format may be particularly appropriate to projects and programmes that are incorporating an integrated care approach to the design and delivery of their services. Case Studies for this purpose are identified as compelling stories about integrated care practice based on real-world experiences that will be instructive and of interest to other members of the community. The five-minute video should describe your work and the impact it has had on users of the service, paying particular attention to how people and/or communities have been included in the design of the service. The successful ‘authors’ will be incorporated into the programme in the same way as written abstract submissions in the form of an Oral or Digital Poster presentation. The submissions will not be published in the International Journal of Integrated Care but will be included in The IFIC Knowledge Tree post-conference
1. Personalised and person-centred health and care
Most countries face a common challenge today; a rise in the number of chronically ill patients combined with limited resources. Integrated care solutions with a focus on the individual’s needs can help combat this challenge. People do not always receive personalised care and one size solutions don’t fit all. It is important that health and care services are co-designed with individuals, families, carers and the wider community.
2. Digitized and digital support of health and care
Digitalisation at its best has the potential to be an important pillar in the support and enabling of integrated health and care. But it can also become a pitfall, highlighting the shortcomings of a fragmented system. It is important that we learn from each other’s successes as well as take some time to reflect on the areas where we can still improve.
3. Innovative collaborations
Innovative collaborations are one of the key factors in achieving integrated care. If we proceed with business as usual, we are not going to evolve. We need to collaborate in new ways and with people and organisations that we do not work with normally. But how do we support and enable these new collaborations? How do we identify the right collaborators and how do we ensure results that benefit a truly integrated system of care?
4. COVID recovery and impact on health and care system
By May 2022 we will all have lived with covid for more than 2 years. And some of us – perhaps all of us – will at some point have felt that we were perhaps living in spite of COVID 19. Hopefully we will have reached a point where we can also start to look back on the pandemic and start to identify and share lessons learned. Here we will start the collective conversation on how we support each other going forward.
Posted on 28 Jul 2021