The evidence base for integrated care

Posted on April 17, 2009. Filed under: Integrated care, Journals, News stories, Reports/papers | Tags: |

ripfA (research in practice for Adults) 

You can go directly to the evidence base but if this is your first visit or you would like more information please read on.

Welcome to the evidence base for integrated care which has been developed by staff at research in practice for adults and our Associate, Peter Thistlethwaite, in partnership with the Integrated Care Network (ICN). Peter is also author of the ICN’s A practical guide to integrated working (2008) which gives an overview of the theory of integrated working, examples of best practice models and relevant research and gives practical advice on how to initiate integration and evaluate existing partnerships. The evidence base can be accessed directly from the web version of the Guide on the ICN website, and vice versa.

The evidence base is aimed at staff in health and social care who are dealing with the integration agenda on a daily basis. It includes accessible summaries of the research evidence on integration, as well as key messages for practice. By providing summaries and key messages, we hope to provide you with information that can be used on its own, as well as signposting other relevant research, should you be interested in learning more.

The evidence base is being developed in stages and is due to be completed in November 2009. It currently includes relevant, good quality evidence published from 2007 onwards, but eventually it will include evidence published since 2000. Systematic searches are being carried out to identify studies providing original data about:

  • the impact of integration on outcomes for service users, carers and organisations
  • the effectiveness of different models for integration
  • factors supporting or hindering integrated working

Following a thorough literature search the identified papers are carefully selected in a two-stage screening process by two experts using stringent selection criteria. Selected papers are then carefully summarized to draw out the main findings and key messages in an accessible format. This will help you to access the most up-to-date evidence on integrated care in a quick and easy format. Summaries are fully referenced to enable you to locate the full text should you require more in-depth information.

If you are unable to find what you are looking for or if there is a study or other text you would like to recommend for inclusion, please contact us on 01803 860097 or

We advise you to find out more about the background to the development before proceeding to the evidence base.

To help you identify further background reading, we have included the bibliography of the Better Partnership Working series of books with kind permission of the authors (Glasby J, Dickinson H, Peck E, Carpenter J and Jelphs K) and Policy Press publishers.

Level of Integration

Area of Practice


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