Antje Erler, M.P.H., Thomas Bodenheimer, M.D., M.P.H., Richard Baker, M.D., Nick Goodwin, Ph.D., Cor Spreeuwenberg, M.D., Ph.D., Hubertus J. M. Vrijhoef, M.Sc., Ph.D., Ellen Nolte, Ph.D., and Ferdinand M. Gerlach, M.P.H.
A. Erler, T. Bodenheimer, R. Baker et al., “Preparing Primary Care for the Future—Perspectives from the Netherlands, England, and USA,” German Journal for Evidence and Quality in Health Care, 2011 105(8):571–80.
Modern health care systems face the common challenges of caring for aging populations, treating growing numbers of patients with chronic conditions, and meeting rising patient expectations. This study, coauthored by 2008–09 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow Hubertus Vrijhoef, sought to understand how the Netherlands, England, and the United States—nations with different ways of organizing and financing care—are responding to these shared challenges.
Despite the differences among these three health systems, improving coordination and integration of chronic disease care remains a common challenge.