How Can Comprehensive Care Improve the Quality of Care in Post-SARS-nCoV-2 Period?
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Care Sciences & Services".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2023) | Viewed by 22473
Interests: primary care; integrated care; multimorbidity; behavioral care; perceived risk
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2. Department of Health Services Research, CAPHRI Care and Public Health Research Institute, Maastricht University, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands
Interests: evidence generation and synthesis; global public health; outcomes research; technology assessment; decision-making; policy preparedness
Interests: primary mental health care; multimorbidity; equity of access to high quality health care
The world is currently experiencing a global health crisis, the SARS-nCov-2 outbreak, with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting people across the globe. This is the time to develop research and policy agendas based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the sub-goal of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) of the United Nations, informing them through meaningful discussion on the level of preparedness, and the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare systems to successfully support people through the provision of comprehensive care (CC) during this pandemic and beyond. Community resilience and social cohesion are linked to the provision of care and the services available at the community level, as is the environment affecting care provision and service delivery. There is still debate on how to best define CC, although there is a consensus that its focus ought to be the continuum of health and social care services, and the provision thereof, in a context-relevant, accessible, and affordable manner, so that they meet the needs of all people, including patients and carers and friends and families. A key component of CC is integrated healthcare, with both terms often used almost interchangeably. However, even prior to the pandemic there was not a consensus on the type of services required to meet the needs of individuals and of communities; discourse extended to whether the provision of care can address all inequalities and the issues stemming from them, including through health promotion, increased levels of literacy, and health-in-all-policies (HiaP). The people most affected by the lack of access to health and social care services are those who live under the conditions of greatest vulnerability. Therefore, this Special Issue invites perspectives and approaches to inform the discussion on CC, encompassing evidence about its effectiveness and relevance for vulnerable people, people with mental health issues, as well as all those with multiple chronic conditions. Last but not least, outcomes and meaningful measures to assess the contribution of CC concerning UHC and the SDGs, will also be examined.
Dr. Christos Lionis
Dr. Elena Petelos
Prof. Dr. Christopher Dowrick
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