Joint Working Between Social and Health Services in the Care of Older People in the Community: A Cost Study

Paul McCrone (King's College London Health Services Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry)
Steve Iliffe (Department of Primary Care, Royal Free and UCL Medical School, London)
Enid Levin (Social Care Institute for Excellence, London)
Kalpa Kharicha (Department of Primary Care, Royal Free and UCL Medical School, London)
Barbara Davey (Nursing Research Unit, King's College London)

Journal of Integrated Care

ISSN: 1476-9018

Publication date: 1 December 2005

Abstract

There have been few economic evaluations of joint working between social and health care. This paper focuses on collaboration between professionals providing care for people aged 75 and over, and examines the economic costs of contacts made by social workers with community nurses, GPs and older people or their carers. Two areas were studied, one where social care and primary care services were co‐located, and the other with social work teams located separately from local health services. The two forms of social care location had an impact on contacts and costs but overall it was fairly small. Contact costs made up only a small amount of the overall costs of care These findings suggest that altering the organisational arrangements for care delivery may improve the process of care delivery, but result in only minor changes to the proportion of overall resources directed to older service users.

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McCrone, P., Iliffe, S., Levin, E., Kharicha, K. and Davey, B. (2005), "Joint Working Between Social and Health Services in the Care of Older People in the Community: A Cost Study", Journal of Integrated Care, Vol. 13 No. 6, pp. 34-44. https://doi.org/10.1108/14769018200500047

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