Background From the patients perspective it is obvious that specialist health care and primary health care have to communicate well, relevant and to full extend. The patient doesn’t change body or diseases when moving between primary and secondary care. Co-morbidity is an increasing problem with the chronic patients and this means new and bigger challenges for everybody: patients as well as the health care system. Good communication between sectors is a necessity for low risks and high quality of life.
Objectives Unfortunately the patient’s experience often is, that the health care system is all to busy – or to unwilling? - to share information with anyone outside their own department. Or is it just lack of easy-to-use tools, which can help us all to systematic solutions?
The speak will be based on the patient’s experience of crossing boundaries between primary and secondary care giving examples – the nice ones and the scary ones.
Furthermore I will present a small study initiated by the Danish Rheumatism Association. The study was conducted between a group of persons with RA asking them about their experience with communication and coordination between secondary and primary care. The results show increasing problems with exchange of information which leaves the patient with still more responsibility for their own treatment. Let’s discuss: Who is actually taking responsibility for the rheumatic patient today?
Finally I will perspect on my hopes for the future – all seen from the patient’s perspective.
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