Integration, coordination and multidisciplinary care: What can these approaches offer to Australian primary health care?

Jennifer Tieman, Geoff Mitchell, Tania Shelby-James, David Currow, Belinda Fazekas, Lorna O'Doherty, Meg Hegarty, Lars Erikkson, Robyn Brown, Desley Reid-Orr

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Australia's population is ageing and the consequential burden of chronic disease increasingly challenges the health system. This has raised interest in, and awareness of approaches built on multidisciplinary teams and integrated and coordinated care in managing the complex care needs of patient groups such as the chronically ill or frail aged. A systematic investigation of the literature relating to these approaches provided the opportunity to explore the meaning of these terms and their potential application and relevance to the Australian primary health care setting. Five systematic reviews of a sentinel condition and an exemplar approach to coordinated and multidisciplinary care were completed. Common learnings from the individual reviews were identified. The literature suggests that approaches encouraging a coordinated and multidisciplinary plan of care for individual patients and/or particular populations may improve a variety of outcomes. There are many methodological considerations in conducting reviews of complex interventions and in assessing their applicability to the Australian health system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-65
Number of pages10
JournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Care coordination
  • Care planning
  • Health care delivery
  • Health services research
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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