New professional roles in integrated care delivery



Over the past decade, it has become apparent that primary care professionals must take on new roles and acquire new skills in order to tackle the challenges presented by the increase in the number of patients with chronic diseases and multimorbidity, and the associated need for coordinating services. In a new article published in the WHO Public Health Panorama, Stefania Ilinca, Kai Leichsenring and Ricardo Rodrigues argue that the development of integration around primary care depends crucially on the creation of an integrated health and social care workforce. One which will have to draw both on the emergence of new professional profiles and on cultivating new roles for well-established primary care professions.