Academic journal article Care Management Journals

Editorial

Academic journal article Care Management Journals

Editorial

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TRANSITIONS

As we move toward combining two previously distinct journals, The Journal of Case Management and The Journal of Long Term Home Health Care, one might question, why the marriage? It is not difficult to explain. The goal of Case Management has always been to deliver care in the setting of the client's home, if at all possible. In fact, the goal of a myriad of case management entities or individuals is to achieve this objective, provide care in the least restrictive setting so that people, even though disabled can enjoy and appreciate their own environment, their home. Long-term care is a complicated dilemma for many and those with chronic or high-risk problems need to be assured that services can be provided in the home setting. If one reviews the articles in this first joint publication, one notices that clients and caregivers are mentioned in each journal, that research whether empirical or of a demonstration mode are key to improving both the service of case management and the provision of long-term home health care and that one has an impact on the other.

As institutional care, whether in acute care hospitals or in nursing homes, becomes reserved for very ill individuals who stay there for a very short time, the importance of coordinating care via case management and the provision of care in the home have and will become much more important. …

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