Active participation at the 18th International Conference on Integrated care

Member of the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Informatics (CSI), Simona Hvalič Touzery, PhD, participated in the 18th International Conference on Integrated Care “Value for People and Populations: Investing in Integrated Care”, which was held May 23–25 in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

The conference brought together researchers, clinicians and managers from around the world who are engaged in the research, design and delivery of integrated health and social care. The conference was organized by The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) and hosted by Vilans and the National institute of public Health and the Environment (RIVM). 569 papers and posters from 50 countries presented at the conference were grouped into several themes: Value-based integrated care, Population health management, Engaging and empowering people and communities, Funding integrated care, Vulnerable populations and populations at risk, Primary care in an integrated system, Education & training, and Technology support to integrated care.

Dr Hvalič Touzery made an oral poster presentation co-authored by CSI members Kaja Smole Orehek, Vesna Dolničar, PhD, Andraž Petrovčič, PhD and members of the University of Maribor Ines Kožuh, PhD and Matjaž Debevc, PhD. The poster “Psychological outcomes of eCare technologies on informal carers of older people” was based on the scoping study that provided three key findings: 1) There is a prevalent pattern of positive effects of eCare technologies’ use for informal carers, 2) Informal carers relate older peoples' safety with their peace of mind and their reassurance, 3) There is a lack of studies on the studied theme.

One of the messages of the conference was that a shift from disease focussed healthcare needs to be done to a new concept of positive health, which is seen not as the goal itself but as a means to a meaningful life. The importance of including patient's caregivers and families in co-designing services and policies was also emphasized. There was also a discussion on how a shift towards value-based integrated care can be made.

More on the conference with the videos of the plenary lectures can be found on the IFIC Facebook and Twitter pages. All abstracts of orally presented papers and posters will be published in the International Journal of Integrated Care (IJIC).