Periodic Reporting for period 3 - SUSTAIN (Sustainable tailored integrated care for older people in Europe)
Reporting period: 2018-04-01 to 2019-03-31
Population ageing and the economic crisis have put pressure on European health systems. It is not known what the best way is to respond to these challenges. In an increasing number of EU Member States, a diverse range of integrated care initiatives are being put in place as new models for safe and efficient, prevention-oriented care to an increasing number of older people.
Evidence of the effectiveness of integrated care is, however, inconclusive. Also there is little knowledge of how to successfully implement integrated care and of how to transfer successful initiatives to other regions and health systems. While integrated care is being rolled out and infrastructures are in place, improvements to existing initiatives are necessary to make them more patient-centred, prevention-oriented, efficient, and safe. Moreover, approaches are needed that actively and meaningfully engage all stakeholders and that optimally facilitate the transfer and uptake of best practice across contexts and countries.
The overall aims of SUSTAIN were twofold: 1. to improve established integrated care initiatives for older people living at home with multiple health and social care needs, ensuring they are patient-centred, prevention-oriented, efficient, and safe; 2. to ensure that improvements to the integrated care initiatives are applicable and adaptable to other health systems and regions in Europe.
Finally a analysis was completed, the roadmap constructed, all can be find on the website in different reports. Many activities have been taken place to communicate the findings by making use of social media and presentations at several international and national meetings.