The French society of geriatrics and gerontology position paper on the concept of integration

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Introduction: The concept of integration, although dating from the 1990s, has only recently appeared in French public health policy. It must be linked with ‘coordination’, which is the base of most French public policies applied to geriatrics since the 1960s. Herein, we report the French Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology working group’s findings according to three axes: definition of integration, objectives of this organisational approach and the means needed to achieve them. Discussion: Integration is a process that aims to overcome the fragmentation of services for vulnerable people. This process requires a multilevel approach, particularly concerning how to modify public policies and financing systems. Notably, all relevant levels need to develop shared processes, tools, resources, financing, interventions and action-reports on the latter. Integration must be accompanied by a local dedicated professional (the ‘pilot’). Results of recent experiments showed that it is possible to implement integrative dynamics in France.




Somme, D., Trouvé, H., Passadori, Y., Corvez, A., Jeandel, C., Bloch, M. A., … de Stampa, M. (2014). The French society of geriatrics and gerontology position paper on the concept of integration. International Journal of Integrated Care, 14(1).

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