Values underpinning integrated, people-centred health services: Similarities and differences among actor groups across Europe

Nick Zonneveld*, Ludo Glimmerveen, Patrick Kenis, Nuria Toro Polanco, Anne S. Johansen, Mirella M.n. Minkman

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Abstract

Introduction:
In addition to the functional aspects of healthcare integration, an understanding of its normative aspects is needed. This study explores the importance of values underpinning integrated, people-centred health services, and examines similarities and differences among the values prioritised by actors across Europe.

Methods:
Explorative cross-sectional design with quantitative analysis. A questionnaire of 18 values was conducted across Europe. A total of 1,013 respondents indicated the importance of each of the values on a nine-point scale and selected three most important values. Respondents were clustered in four actor groups, and countries in four European sub-regions.

Results:
The importance scores of values ranged from 7.62 to 8.55 on a nine-point scale. Statistically significant differences among actor groups were found for ten values. Statistically significant differences across European sub-regions were found for six values. Our analysis revealed two clusters of values: ‘people related’ and ‘governance and organisation’.

Discussion and conclusion:
The study found that all 18 values in the set are considered important by the respondents. Additionally, it revealed distinctions in emphasis among the values prioritised by actor groups and across sub-regions. The study uncovered two clusters of values that contribute to a conceptually based definition of integrated, people-centred health services.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Integrated Care
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • COOPERATION
  • Europe
  • SOCIAL CARE
  • health services
  • integrated care
  • integration
  • organisation
  • policy

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