Utilising the implementation of integrated care to develop a pragmatic framework for the sustained uptake of service innovations (SUSI)

Catherine Foley, Julaine Allan, Julia Lappin, Ryan Courtney, Sara Farnbach, Anthony Shakeshaft

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Abstract

The provision of integrated care (IC) across alcohol and other drug (AOD) and mental health (MH) services represents the best practice, yet the consistent delivery of IC in routine practice rarely occurs. Our hypothesis is that there is no practical or feasible systems-change approach to guide staff, researchers, or consumers through the complex transition that is required for the sustained uptake of IC across diverse clinical settings. To address this gap, we combined clinical and consumer expertise with the best available research evidence to develop a framework to drive the uptake of IC. The goal was to develop a process that is both standardised by the best available evidence and can be tailored to the specific characteristics of different health services. The result is the framework for Sustained Uptake of Service Innovation (SUSI), which comprises six core components that are applied in a specified sequence and a range of flexible activities that staff can use to deliver the core components according to their circumstances and preferences. The SUSI is evidence-based and practical, and further testing is currently underway to ensure it is feasible to implement in different AOD and MH services.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1786
Number of pages12
JournalHealthcare
Volume11
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2023

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