(J1) Shaping Regional Older Person Care through Local Tales and National Policy Strategies: An Action-Research Account of the Regionalization of Care in the Netherlands

June 16, 2022 from 11:40 am to 12:00 pm

Speaker: Iris Wallenburg, ESHPM, Netherlands & Jitse Schuurmans

Personnel shortage in older person care, especially in rural areas, has evoked a renewed interest in the region as an organizational and cultural place to invent collaborative forms of care provision that fit in with local needs and organizational challenges. Regionalization of care however contrasts with the formal Dutch healthcare policy paradigm of competition and organisation-centred quality regulation. Together with healthcare organizations in 11 regions, a national expertise centre for older person care, and the Dutch Ministry of Health, we conducted an action-research project in which we engaged with regional pilots for collaborative older person care, and organized learning session between regions and for policy makers – facilitating interactions between practice, policy, and science.