J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs.  2007 Dec;18(4):593-600.

The Development of Community Health Service for the Demented Elderly in Cooperation Between Private Medical Facilities and Public Health Centers

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, Dankook University, Korea. jinjoo@dankook.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Nurisng, Haejeon College, Korea.
  • 3Department of Neurology, College of Medicine, Dankook University, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE
This research was carried out to present an ideal cooperative model between the public and private health sectors for the management of community dementia patients. METHOD: In this study a public-private cooperative council was formed, basic data for dementia patients and their families were collected, and a dementia service program was carried out in cooperation between the two sectors.
RESULTS
The survey data shows the majority of the registered patients were undergoing a chronic diseases which would make the dementia health service inefficient. The cooperative public-private council adopted the reinforcement of medical service to the public enrolled dementia patients. The intensive medical service program showed effects on the health status of the dementia patients.
CONCLUSION
The results of this study pointed out that change of the health insurance program supportive to the private sectors to be made; a referral system for the public health sector to the private sector should be established; and expanding the capacity of the visiting health program in the public health sector is needed.

Keyword

Dementia; Public Health Center; Private Sector; Disease Management
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