A Measure of Care Coordination?
Care coordination is a centerpiece of how we will improve healthcare among people with chronic illness. Yet what we mean by the phrase in clinical practice remains elusive despite many efforts to define care coordination. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) proposed a definition that captures the multidimensionality of “care coordination”:
“Care coordination is the deliberate organization of patient care activities between two or more participants (including the patient) involved in a patient’s care to facilitate the appropriate delivery of health care services. Organizing care involves the marshaling of personnel and other resources needed to carry out all required patient care activities, and is often managed by the exchange of information among participants responsible for different aspects of care.”1
The definition developed for AHRQ made an explicit effort to incorporate the concepts from 40 different definitions of care coordination found in the literature. Not su ...
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- 1. The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and Department of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Lebanon, NH, 03766, USA
- 2. Section of General Internal Medicine and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, Department of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine and Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT, USA