Tips for better cooperation in a care network
The emergence of care networks is a fact. Various initiatives with and for the patient are developing at lightning speed. Understandable, because the demand for care is changing. Multimorbidity and complexity of care is increasing. At the same time, people stay longer at home and return home as quickly as possible after being admitted to a hospital. Care, treatment and support are increasingly taking place in or close to home. This results in a shift of duties from hospitals to care providers in the neighbourhood; the general practitioner and nurse district play an increasingly important role. There is also a greater appeal for social and informal caregivers. Thus, a different focus and working approach is badly needed, but also difficult to achieve. This is evident given the high failure rate of care networks in practice. What exactly is the cause for this failure? And how do we ensure that things do go well?
What is a care network?
Before answering these questions, it is good to first briefly reflect on what a care network exactly is. People with complex needs who receive care and support often have to deal with multiple health and social care providers, such as: the general practitioner, medical specialists, a physiotherapist, the district nurse, domestic help, the pharmacist,