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Health technology assessment: Integrated homecare for frail elderly somatic patients in Europe

A new European health technology assessment by the IHC project sumarises the evidence-base for multi-disciplinary homecare services integrated across hospital services, general services in primary care and/or social services. The report concludes that integrated homecare offers improved health at reduces costs.

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HTA report 
Executive summary

Practical IHC guides for stroke, heart failure and COPD patients

Three evidence-based guides for patients with stroke, heart failure and COPD, respectively, have been published by the IHC project. The guides summarise important components and developments in home based care and are aimed at health care providers all over Europe.

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Early Home Supported Discharge Services for Stroke Patients
Practical guide for Home Health for HF 
Practical guide for Home Health for COPD 

Integrated Homecare - what it is about 

In April 2009 this FP7 project on Integrated Homecare (IHC) launched research for better ways to ensure continuity in clinical care for patients with stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure.      
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How we define Integrated Homecare

  • IHC takes place in the home of the patient as part of an integrated care pathway between hospital services, primary care and social services for patients with specialized care and rehabilitation needs
  • The IHC-pathway should be financially and administratively coordinated with a view to effectiveness and savings on stationary resources in health care and/or social services
  • IHC is performed by a multidisciplinary team in collaboration with the patient in the home of the patient as well as in the hospital passing eventual general care needs to the community care setting
  • The IHC-team focuses on effectiveness, quality, access and user satisfaction in an economic way and uses Tele-facilities as far as they serve these goals