About this Research Topic
Around the world, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has produced enormous economic, medical, political, and social challenges. The range of responses to this crisis in health systems across the globe will affect the provision of health care, as well as the attitudes and expectations of policy-makers, providers and society for decades to come. The importance of integrated, people-centered health systems has been recognized as a central component of achieving Universal Health Coverage. Integration has also been highlighted as a critical element for building resilient health systems that can withstand the shock of health emergencies.
It is important to identify, and learn from, health system interventions which have been used to prevent the spread of, prepare for, contain, and/or mitigate against COVID-19. Knowing this can support decision-making in the forecasting, organization and management of health services as the COVID-19 epidemic evolves. However, there is dearth of research and systematic synthesis of evidence on the synergistic relationship between integrated health services and COVID-19 pandemic preparedness around the globe.
We therefore welcome original research and review papers contributing on the application of integrated health service delivery approaches during the COVID-19 pandemic. Such research may include integrated health service delivery for pandemic preparedness, response, and/or recovery for or during COVID-19 as well as facilitators, barriers and outcomes of integration.
Keywords: integrated health service delivery, COVID-19, SARS, Covid, Coronavirus, health systems
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