Revista Española de Salud Pública
versión impresa ISSN 1135-5727
VAZQUEZ NAVARRETE, Mª Luisa; VARGAS LORENZO, Ingrid; FARRE CALPE, Joan y TERRAZA NUNEZ, Rebeca. Integrated Health Care Organizations: Guideline for Analysis. Rev. Esp. Salud Publica [online]. 2005, vol.79, n.6, pp.633-643. ISSN 1135-5727.
There has been a tendency recently to abandon competition and to introduce policies that promote collaboration between health providers as a means of improving the efficiency of the system and the continuity of care. A number of countries, most notably the United States, have experienced the integration of health care providers to cover the continuum of care of a defined population. Catalonia has witnessed the steady emergence of increasing numbers of integrated health organisations (IHO) but, unlike the United States, studies on health providers' integration are scarce. As part of a research project currently underway, a guide was developed to study Catalan IHOs, based on a classical literature review and the development of a theoretical framework. The guide proposes analysing the IHO's performance in relation to their final objectives of improving the efficiency and continuity of health care by an analysis of the integration type (based on key characteristics); external elements (existence of other suppliers, type of services' payment mechanisms); and internal elements (model of government, organization and management) that influence integration. Evaluation of the IHO's performance focuses on global strategies and results on coordination of care and efficiency. Two types of coordination are evaluated: information coordination and coordination of care management. Evaluation of the efficiency of the IHO refers to technical and allocative efficiency. This guide may have to be modified for use in the Catalan context.
Palabras clave : Integrated healthcare organizations; Delivery of Health Care; Guidelines; Spain.