Using the Project INTEGRATE framework in practice in Central Coast, Australia

Donna M.Y. Read, Hazel Dalton, Angela Booth, Nick Goodwin, Anne Hendry, David Perkins

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Abstract

Introduction
Integrated care implies sustained change in complex systems and progress is not always linear or easy to assess. The Central Coast integrated Care Program (CCICP) was planned as a ten-year place-based system change. This paper reports the first formative evaluation to provide a detailed description of the implementation of the CCICP, after two years of activity, and the current progress towards integrated care.

Theory and Methods
Progress towards integrated care achieved by the CCICP was evaluated using the Project INTEGRATE Framework data in a mixed methods approach included semi-structured interviews (n = 23) and Project INTEGRATE Framework based surveys (n = 27). All data collected involved key stakeholders, with close involvement in the program, self-reporting.

Results
Progress has been mixed. Gains had most clearly been made in the areas of clinical and professional integration; specifically, relationship building and improved collaboration and cooperation between service providers. The areas of systemic and functional integration were least improved with funding uncertainty being an ongoing significant problem. The evaluation also showed that the Project INTEGRATE framework provided a consistent language for CCICP partners and for evaluators and consistent indicators of progress. The framework also helped to identify key facilitators and barriers.

Discussion and Conclusion
The findings highlight the willingness and commitment of key staff but also the importance of leadership, good communication, relationship building, and cultural transformation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4624
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Integrated Care
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • integrated care
  • mixed methods
  • Project INTEGRATE
  • formative evaluation
  • Australia

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