Targeting the ‘right’ patients for integrated care: Stakeholder perspectives from a qualitative study

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To explore the perceptions of relevant stakeholders in terms of targeting the ‘right’ patients for integrated care.

Secondary analysis of qualitative interviews with relevant stakeholders (including programme managers, programme initiators, a representative of the payers, medical and social care professionals, and allied health services staff) from two integrated care sites in England. A thematic analysis was conducted of cross-cutting themes.

Both sites focused on individualized management of ‘high-risk’ patients through multidisciplinary team case management. The data-driven approach to targeting patients, recommended in the policy literature, did not align with stakeholders’ experience of selecting patients in practice. The ‘right’ patients were at lower risk than those recommended by policy, and their complexities were identified as comprising mostly social rather than medical issues.

These findings raise timely questions about the individualised management approach. They potentially explain why management of high-risk patients has not been found to be effective using quantitative measures, undermining the assumption that this approach will lead to cost savings. There is a need to expand beyond an individually targeted approach to incorporate prevention and to address social issues.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Health Services Research and Policy
Early online date8 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Integrated care
  • Models of care
  • Health systems

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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