SB 12-48 Integration of Health and Social Care: International Comparisons

Over the past 40 years there has been a trend towards encouraging health and social care agencies to work together to improve care (Cameron, Lart, Bostock and Coomber, 2012). On 12 December 2011, the Cabinet Secretary for Health Wellbeing and Cities Strategy, announced the Scottish Government‟s plan to integrate adult health and social care. This briefing highlights some of the key enablers and barriers to integration and provides information on integrated approaches to health and social care in the UK, Europe and further afield.

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Published: 16 July 2012