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Table 1 Main characteristics of the two investigated models

From: Study protocol of a quasi-experimental trial to compare two models of home care for older people in the primary setting

Integrated HCFunctional HC
Characteristics of the healthcare team
Team compositionNurse and family doctor.
Team functionThe same healthcare team provides HC and manages patients in the primary care center.The healthcare team is dedicated exclusively to HC.
Interprofessional communicationHealthcare professionals are part of the healthcare team regularly managing patients in the primary care center.Although not managing patients in the primary care center, the HC team is part of the health care staff of the center and their members participate in the center meetings as specialists.
Training• Regular training of family doctors, including regular stays at mental health and geriatrics units.
• Regular training of nurses.
• Regular training of family doctors, including regular stays at mental health and geriatrics units.
• Nursing staff receives additional training regarding the management of chronic patients, fragility, and palliative care.
Type of professional in each visitNurse, family doctor or both
Services and visit schedule
Preventive visits• Visits of nursing staff scheduled based on the monitoring requirements of each disease as established by local guidelines.
• Visits of physician scheduled at physician’s discretion based on the disease progression and clinical status of patients.
Non-urgent acute visitsThe patient calls the center and the physician available at that moment (not always the one regularly visiting the patient at the primary care center) visits the patient at home.• During working hours: the patient contacts directly the physician of the HC team.
• Outside the working hours: the patient calls the center and the physician available at that moment (not always the one regularly visiting the patient at the primary care center) visits the patient at home.
Urgent visitsThe patient calls the emergency service; an emergency team and an ambulance are deployed to patient’s home.
Financial approachAll visits are fully covered by the public health system.
  1. HC home care
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