Coordination between primary and secondary healthcare in Denmark and Sweden
Sarah Wadmann, Research Assistant, Unit of Health Services Research, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of
Martin Strandberg-Larsen, PhD Fellow, Unit of Health Services Research, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen
Karsten Vrangbæk, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science,
International Journal of Integrated Care, Volume 9, 12 March 2009 - ISSN 1568-4156
Available online at: http://www.ijic.org/?000414
Introduction: Insights into effective policy strategies for improved coordination of care is needed. In this study we describe and compare the policy strategies chosen in
Policy practice: The policy initiatives to improve collaboration between primary and secondary healthcare in
Discussion and conclusion: Despite a variety of policy initiatives, lacking or poorly developed structures to support implementation function as barriers for coordination. The two cases illustrate that even in two relatively coherent health systems, with regional management of both the hospital and general practice sector, there are issues to resolve in regard to administrative and operational coordination. The interorganisational network literature can provide useful tools and concepts for interpreting such issues.
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