Coordination needed between primary and secondary care for chronic diseasesBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7453.1396-d (Published 10 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1396
- Susan Mayor
Systems that improve coordination between primary and secondary care are essential to improve the management of chronic diseases, a report published in the United Kingdom last week said.
The report was compiled jointly by the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of General Practitioners, and the NHS Alliance to assess how to optimise provision of care for long term conditions such as asthma, arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, dementia, and heart failure, which are all increasing with the ageing population.
The working party considered that optimal care would require new models of service provision, championed by clinicians and working in partnership with patients. It suggested that joint …