Continuity of care: why it matters and what we can do

Hofer, Alexandra, and McDonald, Malcolm (2019) Continuity of care: why it matters and what we can do. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 25 (3). pp. 214-218.

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Abstract

Continuity of care matters; however, expansion and specialisation of the health system tends to fragment care. Continuity of care is accompanied by a range of patient benefits, including reduced all-cause mortality; lower rates of hospital presentation and preventable admission; and improved patient satisfaction. Potential concerns have been raised about some aspects of continuity of care, but these are outweighed by the perceived benefits. There are many barriers to achieving continuity, especially in rural and remote settings. Some practical solutions have been proposed that include adapting clinic procedures, utilising a small team approach, improving staff retention and ongoing advocacy.

Item ID: 60978
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1836-7399
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2019 02:34
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111707 Family Care @ 34%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111708 Health and Community Services @ 33%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 33%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified @ 34%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920412 Preventive Medicine @ 33%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health @ 33%
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