Project INTEGRATE Final Conference

The final dissemination conference of Project INTEGRATE, funded through the European Union’s Seventh Framework, took place as part of ICIC16 on Monday, 23 May 2016. This one-day conference was free to attend for anybody working or interested in in the field of integrated care and related areas.

Project INTEGRATE is a consortium of 9 partners from across Europe led by IESE Business School who have worked to gain valuable insights into the leadership, management and delivery of integrated care to support European care systems to respond to the challenges of ageing populations and the rise of people living with long-term chronic conditions.

In Phase one the project examined four case studies of best practices of integrated care in Europe, in the areas of COPD, Mental Health, Geriatric Conditions and Diabetes, that have had a proven impact in terms of improving patient experiences, generating better care outcomes and providing cost-effectiveness. In Phase 2 of the research, the project considered the cross-cutting themes process design, service delivery, skill mix, patient involvement, financial flows, regulatory conditions, and enabling information technologies in order to create connectivity, alignment and collaboration within and between the cure and care sectors. And now in the final phase of work, Project INTEGRATE has developed managerial and policy recommendations, based on evidence from successful integrated care experiences examined in the early phases and evidence from international best practice. These recommendations will have certain impact on the development of national and European policy development and practice.

This final conference described the key lessons learned across each phase of research and based on this learning provided managerial and policy recommendations for those tasked with designing and delivering integrated care services. The results and recommendations were set within an international context and delegates had the opportunity to discuss with project members and expert advisors what the impact of the research will be and how the lessons and recommendations can be applied at a national, regional and local level.