“Dealing with the hospital has become too difficult for us to do alone”: developing an Integrated Care Program for children with medical complexity (CMC)

Lisa Altman, Christie Breen, Joanne Ging, Sarah Burrett, Tim Hoffman, Emma Dickins, Kristen Brown, Yvonne Zurynski, Susan Woolfenden

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Abstract

Introduction: Children with medical complexity (CMC) require highly specialised care, often from multiple providers and over many years. This paper describes the first 18 months of development of the Kids Guided Personalised Services (GPS) Integrated Care Program (the Program). This Program aims to improve health care experience; communication and to streamline provision of care.

Discussion: Key enablers across the Program were put in place and 5 individual project streams were used to implement change. An extensive formative evaluation process was undertaken to truly understand all perspectives in developing the Program.

Conclusion/Key Lessons: This Program supports families who are caring for CMC by developing shared care models that bring together local health services with the tertiary hospitals. The methodology used has resulted in comprehensive system change and transformation; reduced presentations to the Emergency Department (ED), avoidable admissions and travel time. A challenge remains in meaningfully engaging primary health care providers.
Original languageEnglish
Article number14
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Integrated Care
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Keywords

  • Children with medical complexity (CMC)
  • care coordination
  • paediatric integrated care

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