The aim of the talk is to nurture a fruitful discussion on whether and how the ICOPE approach can be efficiently and effectively used to reorient health system and services in Switzerland towards integrated, person-centered care at the community level that responds to the complex health and social needs of older adults with impaired functional ability, due to decline of mental and physical capacities and to multiple chronic conditions.

Datum: 13. November 2019
Zeit: 18.15 Uhr bis 19.30 Uhr

The ICOPE approach was proposed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2017 to respond to the complex needs of older adults and to the greying of societies worldwide. The ICOPE approach holds the promise to reorient health systems and services towards integrated care provided at the community level. ICOPE maintains that the focus should shift from diseases to the optimal attainment and maintenance of functional ability across the entire life course. A service delivery model is necessary to integrate health and social care. However, several actions are required to align services, and to locally adapt and implement ICOPE. In practice, a multi-staged set of activities is needed to consult with different stakeholders, including older adults and service users, health and social care providers, and policy makers, in order to collectively identify and critically discuss an exhaustive set of effective elements required to support the implementation of the ICOPE approach at the individual (micro), health and social services (meso), and health system (macro) levels. The aim of the talk is to nurture a fruitful discussion on whether and how the ICOPE approach can be efficiently and effectively used to reorient health system and services in Switzerland towards integrated, person-centered care at the community level that responds to the complex health and social needs of older adults with impaired functional ability, due to decline of mental and physical capacities and to multiple chronic conditions.

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