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.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 850 6750 5450
Meeting ID: 850 6750 5450
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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, email@example.com .
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
The 1st North American Conference on Integrated Care in association with the 6th World Congress on Integrated Care will be run as a virtual conference in partnership with the University of Toronto, KPMG Canada, HSPN, and iCOACH from 4 – 7 October 2021. With the overarching theme ‘Co-designing for health and wellbeing with individuals and communities’, the conference will bring together leaders, researchers, clinicians, managers, citizens, patients, and caregivers from around the world, who are engaged in the design and delivery of integrated health and social care. The conference is designed as a space for continued learning and collaboration and as an opportunity to exchange knowledge and grow connections with colleagues internationally.
NACIC2021 is co-designed with patients and caregivers and achieves Patients Included designation.
The strategic advisory and scientific committee for this conference has been established from North American and international experts who are leading in the field of Integrated Care. They are now accepting paper submissions on research, policy, practice or education and specifically relating to the Conference Themes and the 9 Pillars of Integrated Care until Monday, 31 May. The full abstract should be limited to 500 words. All accepted abstracts will be published in the International Journal of Integrated Care 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 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!
As NACIC2021 is a virtual offering, presenters will be asked to pre-record their content. The conference will make those recordings available to delegates to access in their own time. During the live sessions, successful authors will be asked to reduce the time of their presentation to key points, and sessions will be run interactively hosted by one or two chairs who will lead a discussion with paper presenters for 90 minutes. This is much more enjoyable for the viewer and we hope to encourage more engagement from the audience for presenters by using this format. Workshops will also be designed with the virtual audience in mind and our scientific coordinator will work with workshop leaders to ensure their session is appropriately designed to make the best use of digital technology and provides the best learning experience for attendees. For our digital poster display, we will include dedicated times for digital poster viewing.
Posted on 08 Apr 2021
The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Niamh Lennox-Chhugani as Chief Executive Officer with effect from 22 March 2021. Niamh has been a strong advocate for integrated care since the early 1990s and has 30 years of experience in health and care as a clinician, manager, academic, and advisor. Her work has spanned the public and not-for-profit sectors as well as management consulting.
In welcoming Niamh, Philip Davies, Chair of IFIC said ‘The IFIC Board undertook an extensive search to identify our next CEO. Niamh stood out among a very strong field as offering a compelling blend of leadership skills and technical knowledge of contemporary issues in integrated care. The COVID-19 pandemic is a further reminder of the need for better coordinated and more collaborative approaches to health and social care. The appointment of a new CEO will further strengthen IFIC’s role in leading the global movement for change in pursuit of that goal.’
Dr. Lennox-Chhugani, commenting on her appointment, added, ‘I am hugely excited about all that taking on this role means. There is no doubt in my mind that this is an energising role in an organisation I admire and one that is focused on a cause about which I care deeply. I look forward to bringing my leadership experience to bear in the values-led movement for change that is IFIC. What lies ahead for IFIC is not without its challenges, but the team and Board are so committed to what IFIC stands for, I see only opportunities ahead.’
The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) is a not-for-profit educational network whose vision is that people, families, and communities benefit from person-centered integrated care and support to maximise their health, wellbeing, and independence. The goal of the Foundation is to act as the leading voice on and advocate of integrated care through proactive collaboration with its wide range of beneficiaries. By bringing these various perspectives together, IFIC seeks to provide a unique forum for knowledge exchange with the ultimate aim of maximising the health and wellbeing of people and communities while improving the overall effectiveness and sustainability of health and care systems.
Posted on 08 Apr 2021
In 2021 the 21st International Conference on Integrated Care (ICIC21) “Realising the true value of Integrated Care” will be run as a virtual conference, co-hosted with our hubs and collaborative centres IFIC Scotland, IFIC Australia, IFIC Ireland, IFIC Canada and IFIC Latin America. A huge volume of feedback was received following the ICIC20 conference which took place in September and based on those suggestions the design and access of the programme has been amended to best suit a virtual format.
The main change from ICIC20 is that the conference will run across the whole month of May limited to 2 hour sessions taking place across various time zones. On each day of the week Monday – Friday, one of our 5 hubs in Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Australia and Latin America will host sessions.
Presenters will once again be asked to pre-record their content, however in this conference those recordings will be made available to delegates to access in their own time and will be posted to IFIC’s Knowledge Tree after the conference to be accessed by a wider audience. During the live sessions successful authors will be asked to reduce the time of their presentation to key points and sessions will be run interactively hosted by one or two chairs who will lead a discussion with paper presenters for 90 minutes. This is much more enjoyable for the viewer and hope it encourages more engagement from the audience for presenters by using this format.
Workshops will also be designed with the virtual audience in mind and our scientific coordinator will work with workshop leaders to ensure their session is appropriately designed to make the best use of digital technology and provides the best learning experience for attendees.
For the digital poster display the number of accepted posters will be reduced (as the volume with our previous conference caused issues with loading) and will include dedicated times for digital posters walks. Again improving the experience for poster presenters and attendees.
All abstracts should be relevant to one of the 9 Pillars of Integrated Care and should include a short introduction/background summary that is understandable to the readers who do not know the full Research, Policy area, Practice or Education and Training approach and its context (this supports the Coordinator to assign the review to the appropriate reviewers).
All accepted abstracts must have at least one presenter registered before the paper is confirmed on the programme. Registration is now open and accessible via the conference homepage.
If you have any questions or concerns about the new digital presentation format or other comments please do get in touch at ICIC@abbey.ie
IFIC thanks you all for your support and hope that you will find this online edition of our conference a rewarding experience.
Posted on 16 Feb 2021
Posted on 16 Dec 2020
Posted on 07 Jul 2020
Call for submissions of an Expression of Interest for an IJIC 20th Anniversary Special Collection on “Progress with integrated care across the globe: national overviews and shared learning for the future”
In 2011, IJIC produced a special collection of articles (https://www.ijic.org/49/volume/11/issue/5/) 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 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 developments.
Topic and format
IJIC is therefore seeking policy papers (https://www.ijic.org/about/submissions/) for a 20th Anniversary Special Collection. These should focus on “whole system developments” in the last decade within a country or region, and cover the following themes:
These papers should look at integrated care in the round – i.e. acute/primary, health/social care and mental/physical health. The focus should not be on one specific disease management programme or population within a local context, but give a good understanding of the whole system scale (-up) of integrated care efforts.
As a first step, we ask for submissions of an Expression of Interest with an Abstract outlining the policy paper and the themes above to IJIC’s managing editor, Susan Royer. The editors-in-chief will review all submissions and select those, which will be invited to submit a full policy paper. The submission process will then follow the regular IJIC online process. The papers will be peer reviewed by the editorial board of IJIC. Publication of the Special Collection is planned to coincide with ICIC21.
Dates and fees
We are looking forward to a wide variety and truly global collection of papers and experiences to push integrated care learning to the next level!
Posted on 04 Jun 2020
Dear authors, reviewers and colleagues,
We hope that all of you are staying safe and healthy in these difficult times. Our thoughts go out to all of you, especially all the health, care and support workers who are at the forefront of this battle and to all affected by this disease, in one way or another.
Many countries are battling to get the disease under control, and we appreciate the added burden this brings personally and to systems.
This global crisis reinforces our conviction that health, care and wellbeing are major global issues and that trusted relationships, systems resilience and effective, evidence-based and integrated decision making are highly needed.
We are committed to continue to publish high-quality research, policy and practice on integrated care through the International Journal of Integrated Care. Now, more than ever, are decisionmakers and professionals in need of guidance on how to shape resilient, coordinated and effective systems. Therefore, the Journal stays fully operational and we are lucky to have an excellent team working in the background, who support us in these efforts. However, we also realise that for many of you, publishing and reviewing articles for IJIC in the coming months will not be a priority and we fully understand that. Please concentrate on what is most important at the moment, and we are looking forward to your future contributions.
We wanted to let you know that we, the editors-in-chief, are all working from home and are willing and available to work closely with you, though virtually for now, as always.
If you have any questions or need support, please let us know.
We wish you and your beloved ones all the best in these challenging times.
Nick Goodwin, Robin Miller, Viktoria Stein
Posted on 30 Mar 2020
COVID-19: A Message from the Editors of the International Journal of Integrated Care
We hope that all of you are staying safe and healthy in these difficult times.
Our thoughts go out to all of you, especially all the health, care and support workers who are at the forefront of this COVID-19 pandemic and to all affected by this disease, in one way or another.
Many countries are battling to get the disease under control, and we appreciate the added burden this brings personally and to systems. This global crisis reinforces our conviction that health, care and wellbeing are major global issues and that trusted relationships, systems resilience and effective, evidence-based and integrated decision making are highly needed.
As our personal and working lives adjust to the new reality, we can confirm that the International Journal of Integrated Care will continue to operate normally. We wanted to let you know that we, the Editors-in-Chief, are all working from home and are willing and available to work closely with you, though virtually for now, as always.
However, we do realise that our authors, reviewers and fellow editors will have different priorities at this time which will naturally impact on publication processes. In the light of recent requests from prospective authors, we can confirm we have revised the submission deadline for the Special Collection on People-Driven Care to 30th June 2020. Please read the full Call for Papers for more details.
We remain committed to publishing high-quality research, policy and practice. Now, more than ever, our decision-makers and professionals are in need of evidence and guidance on how to shape resilient, coordinated and effective care systems.
If you have any questions or need support, please let us know.
We wish you and your beloved ones all the best in these challenging times.
Nick Goodwin, Robin Miller, Viktoria Stein
Posted on 30 Mar 2020
IJIC is delighted to welcome to its Editorial Board Cara English and Donata Kurpas.
Dr. Cara English has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of psychology, counseling, and integrated behavioral health care. She enjoys working in academic, clinical, and policy roles. She is the CEO of Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies where she serves as a faculty member, advisor, and chairs Doctor of Behavioral Health culminating projects. Cara co-founded Terra’s Place in 2016 to address the mental health service gap for pregnant and postpartum mothers and families. She co-led an integration pilot at Willow Birth Center which has now become a leading model for Women’s Health Integration in the Arizona community, and continues to serve there as an integrated Doctor of Behavioral Health. Cara is passionate about empowering mothers and their partners to make informed decisions about their care that are in line with family, cultural, and spiritual values.
Prof Donata Kurpas is a full-time senior researcher and lecturer at the Department of Family Medicine, Wroclaw Medical University (WMU), engaged in undergraduate and postgraduate training of medical students and family physicians. She has been national coordinator of European Projects and has also led several research projects at the Wroclaw Medical University. She is author and co-author of over 600 scientific publications and book chapters, especially in the field of family medicine and primary care, public health, geriatrics, and management of chronic diseases. She has received the Minister of Health First Degree Award for scientific achievements. She is chair of the International Advisory Board of the European Rural and Isolated Practitioners and an active member of many scientific societies, e.g. the European Academy of Teachers in General Practice, the Polish Society of Family Medicine, the Polish Society of Psychiatry.
Regardless of the purpose of the activity, commitment and passion direct Donata. She has participated in many multi-center projects in Poland and abroad (including the Fulbright Foundation scholarship), is a reviewer of the National Centre for Research and Development, a member of the Interdisciplinary Team for the Research Infrastructure Support Program (Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland), an expert of the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development and the European Commission. In addition, she is the scholar of: EURACT (conference scholarship for young doctors), SOROS Foundation, Foundation for Polish Science, Foundation of E. Niedzwirski. She has been awarded several times for academic and didactic work.
Donata is also a member of the IFIC Board.
Posted on 23 Jan 2020
IJIC Special Collection Call for Papers
Integrated care has often been characterised as a people-centred and community-oriented approach. Yet the field of integrated care – in policy, practice and research – has not fully embraced or understood how people-centred care can and should be built into integrated care strategies and programmes. Moreover, knowledge and evidence of the potential impact of people-centred care on integrated care is lacking.
People-centred care seeks to build the skills and resources that individuals and communities need to be articulate and empowered users of health services. It is an approach that seeks to support people to make effective decisions about their own health to achieve the outcomes that matter most to them. It enables communities to become active in partnering with care services and contributing to relevant research, education and healthy public policy. Special attention is often given to tackling inequalities by engaging and supporting the voices of marginalised, vulnerable and disengaged people.
This special collection will bring together papers that focus on empowering and engaging people and, specifically, on the role and impact of co-production and co-design in integrated care.
Submission deadline: 31st March 2020
Expected publication launch of special collection: 1st October 2020
Please read the full Call for Papers for more details.
Posted on 15 Oct 2019
Good news! You have two more weeks to prepare and submit your paper for ICIC20, the 20th International Conference on Integrated Care, to take place in Šibenik, Croatia from 27-29 April 2020.
The new deadline is Thursday 31 October!
Submitting a paper
Please find the time to submit a paper to present at the world's largest conference dedicated to the field of integrated care. We will continue to accept submissions until Thursday, 31 October but to support us to efficiently manage the reviewing process and programme design, please don't leave it to the last minute. We appreciate you submitting your papers ASAP. The paper is limited to 500 words and should relate to the conference themes and tracks. Instructions on how to submit a paper are available in the abstract tool once you have created an account.
Submit an abstract
Posted on 15 Oct 2019
At the end of September, Interim CEO Toni Dedeu and senior researchers Nieves Ehrenberg and Monica Sorensen will travel to Vancouver, Canada, to the 3rd Transnational Forum for Integrated Community Care (TransForm) conference. IFIC is the content partner of this joint initiative of Foundations in Europe and Canada that aims to put the community at the centre of primary and integrated care.
The goals of the conference, entitled Building stronger communities through Integrated Community Care are to:
IFIC has been closely involved in developing the conference program, engaging inspirational speakers, ranging from Ministers to local innovators in integrated community care and preparing all background documents. The program also includes visits to a range of sites that have managed to improve the lives of people in the greater Vancouver area. Two of them are Foundry and Vancouver Native Health Society:
The conference, taking place from October 2nd to October 4th, will kick off with an Indigenous Territory Acknowledgement and throughout the three days, citizen and community leaders will weave into discussions, ensuring that citizens’ critical role in service design and delivery is at the forefront.
TransForm’s ambitions are very much at the heart of IFIC’s own mission and values. It provides special relevance on how non-institutional approaches to care through coordinated efforts between the formal and informal sectors can better empower and engage people and populations in their health. The project recognizes that integrated community care should be driven by goals-based and person-centred strategies to help empower people and help improve both the quality of care and quality of life of citizens, patients, service users, carers and families. This requires the coming together of a range of care partners to better plan, deliver and co-ordinate services to people and populations and the development of new forms of inter-professional and inter-agency collaborations across diverse contexts and settings. Whilst integrated community care is relevant to any person or group who would benefit from such support, this type of approach to care co-ordination at the community-level has specific advantages to the most vulnerable in society.
Posted on 25 Sep 2019
Good news! You have one more month to prepare and submit your paper for ICIC20, the 20th International Conference on Integrated Care, to take place in Šibenik, Croatia from 27-29 April 2020.
The new deadline is Friday, 11 October!
The conference will build on themes from previous years and in particular would like to include in this year's programme papers that are focusing on the following areas:
This year's conference will accept abstracts for review on integrated care research, policy and practice across the following conference tracks:
Each abstract submitter is asked to tick the track that their paper is most relevant to. 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 maximise their learning opportunities.
Abstract submitters are also asked a number of supplementary questions. Please consider these carefully and allow some extra time for submission. If you are unsure how to answer please contact us at ICIC20@integratedcarefoundation.org if you are unsure how to answer. The supplementary questions will not impact your score and are just used as guidance for how we schedule and allocated your paper to the programme.
Posted on 18 Sep 2019
The 19th International Conference on Integrated Care took place in The Kursaal Conference Centre, San Sebastian, the Basque Region in Spain, on the 1-3 April 2019. With the overarching theme ‘Evaluating and implement models of integrated people-centred services’, the conference was a partnership of OSAKIDETZA – Basque Health Service, Bioef, Ministry for Health of the Basque Government the City Council of Donostia-San Sebastian and the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa. The conference brought together over 1300 delegates representing over 60 countries including researchers, clinicians and managers from around the world who are engaged in the design and delivery of integrated health and social care.
Conference presentations, videos and photographs are available to download here.
Posted on 18 Sep 2019
Posted on 18 Sep 2019
Mobilising community resources and engaging citizens to take control of their own health and welfare is the focus for the next TransForm conference.
Organisers are putting the finishing touches to the 2nd Transnational Conference on Integrated Community Care, which takes place in Turin, Italy, on February 26 and 27.
It follows on from the successful conference ‘Making the Case for Integrated Community Care’ which was held in Hamburg, Germany, last September. The final report for the Hamburg conference is now available. Click here.
The 2nd TransForm conference, ‘Towards People-Driven Care; Engaging and Empowering Individuals, Carers and Families Through Integrated Community Care’ aims to explore the different strategies and approaches available to empower and engage citizens, carers and families in the management of their own health and welfare in the context of their community. It will also look at the role peers and volunteers can play in the empowerment process, and what education and training is needed in the workforce to enable them to deliver integrated community care. Key note speakers include Don Redding, Director of Policy and Partnerships for National Voices, UK, who will present ‘Mobilising the community as an asset: what do individuals, carers and families value in supporting their health and wellbeing?’, and Zoe Ferguson, Carnegie Associate, will discuss how to create caring communities and the benefits. Anne Wojtak, Adjunct Faculty, University of Toronto, will talk about how to prepare the workforce to be a partner in integrated community care.
IFIC’s CEO Dr Nick Goodwin, who was a key note at the first conference, will again provide a review of the evidence for bringing integrated community care forward and help the participants wrap up the key take-home messages.
Delegates will also take part in local site visits to see different community projects where people are at the centre, and individuals are actively engaged in the design and delivery of care. These include:
TransForm, The Transnational Forum on Integrated Community Care, was set up in 2017 as part of a three-year project. It is funded by Network of European Foundations (NEF) and supported by the International Foundation for Integrated Care and aims to support policy-makers and practitioners to foster an interest in integrated community care.
Integrated Community Care (ICC) seeks to engage and connect people in the design and delivery of care. Its purpose is to enhance the quality of life of individuals and improving population health starting with the needs and resources of the communities. It aims to reduce fragmentation of care by developing new forms of collaborations across diverse local contexts and micro-level settings and establish partnerships between citizens, families, informal carers, professionals and community sectors. Integrated community care implies a shift in traditional thinking based on problem-based, disease-oriented care to a goal and asset-based care.
For more information click here.
Posted on 29 Jan 2019
The latest issue of IJIC is now ready to read and download.
Covering October to December 2018, there were a total of 14 articles submitted from countries including Kenya, Brazil, Singapore, China, Canada, Sweden, Italy, the Netherlands and Denmark.
Articles included 10 research and theory papers, two on policy, and two integrated care cases.
Among the research and theory articles was a paper titled ‘The Effectiveness of Shared Care in Cancer Survivors—A Systematic Review’ and another examining ‘The Patient Experience of Integrated Care Scale: A Validation Study among Patients with Chronic Conditions Seen in Primary Care’
IFIC’s CEO Dr Nick Goodwin penned this quarter’s editorial titled ‘Tomorrow’s World: Is Digital Health the Disruptive Innovation that will Drive the Adoption of Integrated Care Systems?’
Read articles from the latest volume here.
Posted on 29 Jan 2019
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our IJIC reviewers, editors and authors for their input and support during 2018 to help make the journal such a fantastic resource.
This year we have received more than 100 submissions and published a record number of articles - 63 so far. These have helped to advance our collective understanding of how to integrate care and so improve outcomes for people, families and communities.
Managing Editor Susan Royer said: “We very much appreciate the participation of all our reviewers and contributors who help to make the International Journal of Integrated Care such a success. We look forward to your continued collaboration during 2019 and beyond.
“The team at IJIC would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas.
“We look forward to seeing you all in San Sebastian, Basque Country, for ICIC19 between April 1 and 3, and to working with you to develop the knowledge base of integrated care.”
Posted on 19 Dec 2018
Registration has officially opened for IFIC’s International Summer School on Integrated Care 2019 (ISSIC19) that will be hosted at Wolfson College, Oxford, UK between Sunday, June 23 and Friday, June 28.
Book your place now and take advantage of our early bird discount offer giving you 10% discount on the cost of the week-long course if you book before Friday, February 15, 2019.
Led by our CEO, Dr Nick Goodwin, and Senior Fellow, Margrieta Langins ISSIC19 offers an intensive one-week education and training course on the theory and practice of integrated care.
The Summer School is aimed at senior professionals, clinicians, researchers and managers working in the field of integrated care. Developed for those tasked with designing, implementing, leading and/or managing integrated care, the syllabus will include a site visit and presentations from IFIC’s Integrated Care Academy © faculty and a range of international guest speakers.
A key feature of ISSIC19 will be group work focusing on how to design, implement and evaluate integrated care across a range of case studies. This work seeks to enable participants to understand the range of issues and challenges faced when implementing integrated care effectively and support participants with key lessons and strategies to enable this in their own professional lives and local contexts.
ISSIC19 also offers the unique opportunity to foster international networking and knowledge exchange.
Full details of the programme will be announced soon.Book now to avoid disappointment
Posted on 10 Dec 2018
Posted on 22 Nov 2018
International Medical Corps’ Toolkit aims to support the understanding and implementation of integrated mental health programs in humanitarian settings. It includes key guidance and resources that reinforce the integration process among implementation partners, donors and governments. The toolkit outlines the steps for integrated mental health programs and provides valuable guidance for better resource allocation, program design, contextualization, implementation and evaluation. The Toolkit is the result of a two-year process of consultation, resource-mapping and development with a Toolkit Advisory Group. This Toolkit was made possible by the generous support of the U. S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance.
Posted on 05 Nov 2018
IFIC was delighted to help launch the countdown to the 1st North American Conference on Integrated Care taking place in 2020.
Called Innovation. Inspiration. Integration: Co-designing for Health and Wellbeing with Individuals and Communities, this conference, in association with the 6th World Congress on Integrated Care, will take place in Toronto, Canada.
The 2020 conference is a partnership with the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC), The Change Foundation, the University of Toronto and KPMG, and is in association with iCoach and the Health System Performance Research Network.
Dr Nick Goodwin, CEO and IFIC Co-founder, said “I would like to thank our willing and committed partners from the University of Toronto, the Change Foundation and KPMG Canada for all their leadership and support in bringing us to this point, and to the collective ambition to build a legacy around the event that builds recognition on the need to embrace people-driven care in policy and practice in the future.”
Cathy Fooks, President and CEO of The Change Foundation, added: “We are proud to be a key partner in bringing such a prestigious and growing event to the city of Toronto and believe that it is an opportunity to showcase Canadian models and to hear about what works internationally.”
For more information click here.
Posted on 30 Oct 2018
The International Foundation for Integrated care has expanded, creating a new Collaborative Centre in Ireland.
IFIC Ireland is a collaboration with University College Dublin and supported by the HSE. The core mission is to develop the capacity and capabilities of Ireland in the design and delivery of integrated care. IFIC Ireland will seek to achieve this by providing a platform to develop and exchange ideas and promote activities in the region in keeping with its mission.
This collaboration developed after Ireland hosted the successful 17th International Conference on Integrated Care, ICIC17, in Dublin in 2017.
Founding member and Co-Director Prof Áine Carroll, Professor of Healthcare Integration and Improvement, University College Dublin/National Rehabilitation Hospital, said: “This is an exciting new venture for those tasked with the design and delivery of integrated care in Ireland. We need to move from evolution to revolution in integrated care.”
For more information click here.
Posted on 30 Oct 2018
Liz Schroeder has been appointed Topic Editor in Health Economics and brings to IJIC unique expertise from both the UK and Australian contexts.
Liz holds a doctorate in Public Health from the University of Oxford and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Health Economy, Macquarie University (MUCHE) in Sydney, where she leads the Integrated Care stream of research.
Her interests are primarily in mixed methods approaches to evaluating integrated care, blending process and economic evaluations and incorporating innovative measures to determine financial impacts and value-based outcomes. Liz’s vision is to support collaborations between researchers, clinicians, health economists and health service planners to ensure high quality embedded implementation and translational research.
She aims to attract research to IJIC designed to identify feasible, sustainable, cost-effective and scalable initiatives at local or regional levels to serve as indicators of success. In addition, she is looking for methodological papers to improve outcomes measurement, financing and funding models and high-quality evidence in evaluation.
Liz will be working closely with IJIC editors, Apostolos Tsiachristas and Viktoria Stein to develop these research streams.
Posted on 11 Sep 2018
Join the team of reviewers for the prestigious International Journal of Integrated Care.
Reviewers will be invited to evaluate article submissions and provide feedback in their area of expertise within the Integrated Care field.
Peer review is an integral part of the scholarly publishing process and an important way to support the academic community.
To be considered as a reviewer, please send your publication list and a current CV to Susan Royer, IJIC managing editor.
Posted on 17 Jul 2018
Are you a flexible and enthusiastic early-career researcher or young professional looking for your next career step?
IFIC invites applications for two posts, a Junior Researcher and a more experienced researcher, for an initial 10-month contract. Roles can be full time or part time and will be based at the Foundation’s offices in Oxford.
The successful applicants will work to support our EU and other research and consulting projects, support Integrated Care Academy© and recently launched Early-career Researchers in Integrated Care network (ERIC). These roles provide the opportunity to develop research, planning and writing skills and gain in-depth insight into the design, implementation and management of integrated care. The positions will enable the successful applicants to significantly expand their network internationally, and receive first-hand insights and guidance from the leading experts in theory and practice. Integrated care experience is not compulsory, if experiences in health and care-related topics is adequate.
Please send a CV, letter of motivation and evidence of your English writing skills, such as a scientific article, report, thesis or similar, to Georgina Ferrer, Operations Manager, by July 20, 2018. Interviews are planned to be held in the last week of July. Download a job description here.
Posted on 10 Jul 2018
IFIC is delighted to announce the 19th International Conference on Integrated Care will take place in San Sebastian, the Basque Country in Spain, from 1-3 April 2019.
With the overarching theme ‘Evaluating and implementing models of integrated people-centred services’, the conference is a partnership of OSAKIDETZA – Basque Health Service, Bioef, Ministry for Health of the Basque Government the City Council of Donostia-San Sebastian and the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa alongside IFIC.
The conference will bring together researchers, clinicians and managers from around the world who are engaged in the design and delivery of integrated health and social care.
A call for papers has been launched. For more information click here.
Posted on 10 Jul 2018
Read the latest bumper edition of IJIC featuring Integrated Care papers from around the world.
This quarter, April to June, there were four perspective papers, including one as part of the on-going iCOACH Special Collection, three Integrated Care cases; 11 research and theory papers and a policy paper.
New research and theory papers have been added to the special collections for Project INTEGRATE: Lessons for Policy, Management and Implementation of Integrated Care in Europe, and iCOACH: Implementing Integrated Care for Older Adults with Complex Health Needs.
John Eastwood of the Healthy Homes and Neighbourhoods Integrated Care Initiative, NSW, Australia, has written this edition’s guest editorial: Integrating Care for Children, Young People and Their Families, and you can learn more about the Special Interest Group he and colleagues have set up which aims to bring together health, education and social care practitioners and researchers who are interested in aspects of integrated health and social care as it applies to children, young people and their families.
The April to June issue is now complete, view here.
Posted on 10 Jul 2018
View all the latest Integrated Care papers from around the globe as IJIC’s January-March issue is now complete.
This quarter’s editorial looks at whether Accountable Care Organisations can improve health systems; read Alexander Pimperl’s paper, Re-orienting the Model of Care: Towards Accountable Care Organizations, here.
This latest edition also includes a paper by Kiselev et al. which is published as part of our ongoing Project INTEGRATE Special Collection. While Steele Gray et al. submitted a new paper as part of our ongoing iCOACH Special Collection. Read more here.
Posted on 15 May 2018
Places at IFIC Academy’s International Summer School on Integrated Care, ISSIC18, are filling up fast.
Join ISSIC18 for an intensive one-week, stand-alone education and training course to learn the theory and practice of Integrated Care. Led by internationally renowned Integrated Care experts Dr Viktoria Stein and Dr Nick Goodwin, the week includes presentations from international guest speakers.
Summer School is an ideal learning platform for health and social care professionals, clinicians, researchers and managers, who have been tasked with designing, implementing, leading or managing integrated care. Register before February 28 to get a 10% discount.
Posted on 19 Feb 2018
IFIC is delighted to announce that Apostolos Tsiachristas, PhD, has been appointed as IJIC’s Topic Editor in Health Economics.
Apostolos is a Senior Researcher at the Health Economics Research Centre, University of Oxford. He is widely acknowledged as an international expert in the payment and economic evaluation of integrated care and has been a long-term reviewer and associate editor of the journal. He is also leading IFIC’s Special Interest Group in Health Economics.
Apostolos’ appointment will not only strengthen IJIC’s reviewing capacity and quality, but also promote the development of cutting-edge health economic research in the field of integrated care. His vision as IJIC’s Topic Editor is to attract more and high quality papers related to financing and economic evaluation of integrated care as well as the impact of integrated care on the demand and supply of health and social care and health inequality. Besides empirical studies, he also envisages to receive methodological papers that may improve the quality of economic evidence in integrated care.
One of his first activities will be to organise and edit an IJIC special issue in methodological and applied health economics in integrated care. More information and a call for papers will follow in due course.
Posted on 19 Feb 2018
Register now for IFIC’s 18 th International Conference on Integrated Care taking place in Utrecht, in the Netherlands.
Presented in partnership with RIVM and Vilans, this conference on Integrated Care “Value for People and Populations: Investing in Integrated Care” will take place at The NBC Congrescentrum, from May 23 – 25.
With a line-up of international expert speakers, IFIC brings together researchers, clinicians and managers from around the world who are engaged in the design and delivery of integrated health and social care to share their experience and hear the latest evidence about integrating Public Health, Health and Social Care.
Book before February 28 to qualify for a 10% early bird discount on delegate fees. Click here to find out more or to book your place.
Posted on 19 Feb 2018
IJIC is pleased to announce the appointment this January of Dr Viktoria Stein and Dr Robin Miller who will work alongside Dr Nick Goodwin as joint Editors-in-Chief of the Journal. In making these appointments the Journal aims to help streamline the editorial process for authors, ensure consistency in decision-making regarding the relevance and quality of submitted articles, and free-up the time of our editorial board to undertake reviews in areas of their special interest. The new Editorial team is committed to working with Ubiquity Press to improve the authors and reviewers experience of working with us, including looking to have a more user-friendly and modern automated review process system. We would also value our authors and readers to put their names forward to us to act as reviewers of our articles. As the popularity of the Journal continues to grow and our submissions rise we are committed to keeping our submission to publication times as short as possible whilst maintaining the high standard that we have set in the quality of articles we accept. Finally, please do write or get in touch with us – we always value the feedback that we receive!
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It is with great sadness to learn that one of IJIC’s founding Editors, Dr Ingrid Mur-Veeman, passed away on 31 March 2016. Ingrid worked as an associate professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Maastricht University from 1 February 1982 until her retirement on 21 August 2010, first as a member of the Department of Policy Science and later as a member of the Department of Health Organisation, Policy and Economics.
Ingrid was part of a group of enthusiastic employees who paved the way for the Policy, Management and Evaluation of Healthcare track. Ingrid became one of the founding Editors of the International Journal of Integrated Care in 2000 and was central to its early development. In the 1990s and early 2000s, Ingrid published with her colleagues a range of articles and books related to her pioneering work on integrated care, for example: in comparing English and Dutch approaches to interagency working ; examining networks of care [2,3] and the implementation of shared care strategies ; as well as comparing integrated care policies across Europe [5,6]. She was also a great friend and supporter of the scientific conferences of the International Network of Integrated Care that paved the way for the subsequent Foundation we know today.
In her association with IJIC and IFIC we will remember Ingrid with great respect and fondness as a charming and outgoing person. With Ingrid's passing, we have lost a founding mother of our Journal and Foundation and we send our deepest sympathies to her family and friends.
On behalf of all of IJIC Editors, past and present
1. Mur-Veeman I et al (1999) Development of integrated care in England and the Netherlands, Health Policy , Volume 65 , Issue 3 , 227 - 241
2. Raak A van, Mur-Veeman I, Paulus A. Understanding the feasibility of integrated care: a rival viewpoint on the influence of actions and the institutional context. International Journal of Health Planning and Management 1999;14:235–48
3. Raak A van, Paulus A, Merode F van, Mur-Veeman I. Integrated care management: applying control theory to networks. Journal of Management in Medicine 1999;13(6):390–404.
4. Eijkelberg IMJG, Spreeuwenberg C, Mur-Veeman IM, Wolffenbuttel BHR. From shared care to disease management: key-influencing factors. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2001;1(1). DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.22
5. A. van Raak, I.M. Mur-Veeman, B. Hardy, M. Steenbergen, A. Paulus (Eds.) Integrated care in Europe. Description and comparison of integrated care in six European countries. Elseviers Gezondheidszorg, Maarssen; 2003.
6. Mur-Veeman I, van Raak A, Paulus A (2008) Comparing integrated care policy in Europe: does policy matter? Health Policy. Feb;85(2):172-83. Epub 2007 Sep 4.
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