Integration of Health Care Services: A Population Approach

November 13th, 2015

Throughout advanced nations, innovative solutions are being sought to better respond to the health care and social services needs of individuals. In his latest book, Prof. Yves Couturier, along with co-authors Lucie Bonin and Louise Belzile, explores a demanding, but promising, avenue - integration. In order to be fully implemented, the traditional systems-based organization method must be replaced with one in which services are set up according to the public's genuine needs.

The central idea of integration is that health and well-being are everyone's business, not just that of caregivers, and that this shared concern must be considered through all of life's stages, in every environment, and in every human activity. This book contains invaluable information on cutting-edge international conceptual models. Professionals, from managers to decision-makers, will find food for thought as well as implementation tools.

Yves Couturier is a full professor at the department of social services of the faculty of letters and humanities of the Université de Sherbrooke. He is also a researcher at the Research Centre on Aging and the Université de Sherbrooke's Canada Research Chair in Professional Practices in Integrating Gerontology Services.

Lucie Bonin is a medical specialist in public health and preventive medicine. A researcher at the Centre hospitalier affilié universitaire de Québec, for many years she has been a recognized innovator in services integration and the population approach.

Louise Belzile (Ph.D.c.) is a highly experienced social worker. Her studies focus on the use of standardized multidimensional clinical tools in services integration for senior citizens with a loss of functional autonomy.

Yves Couturier, Lucie Bonin and Louise Belzile (2015). L’intégration des services en santé : une approche populationnelle, les presses de l’Université de Montréal (PUM), 272 pages, $39.95

ISBN 978-2-7606-3567-8

In bookstores in December 2015.

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