The purpose of this paper is to examine the effects of an integration programme on service users from users’ own perspective.
Multi-method approach was used. Both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis were employed to uncover and examine service users’ views of the impact of the integration programme.
An improvement in the physical functioning of one in three occupational equipment users; a rise in the level of satisfaction of 85 per cent of occupational health and 82 per cent of physiotherapy users; older people with complex problems and high-level needs were able to be helped to live at home; and waiting times for both assessment and for services within two weeks and four weeks were below the national achievement and ministerial targets. The impact of the integration programme on users was complex. Positive outcomes were achieved for some user groups and individuals but not for others. A lack of change outcomes in social care, and service users’ low level of satisfaction with social care services appears to be associated with the impact of agency work and the predominant aim in social work of achieving maintenance and prevention outcomes.
This paper contributes to knowledge on what and how the total integration in Cambridgeshire has benefited users.
The author wishes to acknowledge Professor Jenny Secker, Professor Diane DeBell, Dr Sarah Bruch and Dr Helen Dickinson for their advice and constructive criticism on the study on which this paper is based. The author would also like to thank all of the service users who agreed to be interviewed in connection with the study.
Hu, M. (2014), "The impact of an integrated care service on service users: the service users’ perspective", Journal of Health Organization and Management, Vol. 28 No. 4, pp. 495-510. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHOM-04-2012-0074Download as .RIS
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