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Comprehensive change is needed to realise potential of community services, says UK think tank

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1454 (Published 13 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1454
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Radical changes must be made to how community health services are organised if the government is to achieve its ambition of moving more care out of hospitals and closer to people’s homes, says a new report.1

The report, from the healthcare think tank the King’s Fund, said that community services were unnecessarily complex, fragmented, and often poorly coordinated—making them difficult to understand, even for health professionals.

The report said that “patients receive multiple visits from different professionals, incurring high costs of coordination, and leading to frustration for the referring clinicians, their patients and carers. Not only is this not necessarily cheaper, but it may also mean that important opportunities to notice changes in the patient’s condition are missed.”

The fund convened a …

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