Results of Nurse Case Management in Primary Heath Care: Bibliographic Review

Vicente Doménech-Briz, Rosario Gómez Romero, Isabel de Miguel-Montoya, Raúl Juárez-Vela, José Ramón Martínez-Riera, María Isabel Mármol-López, María Virtudes Verdeguer-Gómez, Álvaro Sánchez-Rodríguez, Vicente Gea-Caballero
2020 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health  
The new characteristics of today's population, together with the presence of chronic diseases in the elderly, require a new approach to care, promoting coordination between different levels of care. In this sense, we find the figure of the nurse case manager (NCM) in primary health care mainly responsible for ensuring continuity of care in complex patients with chronic diseases. Objective: to describe the role of the NCM in care management, determining its effectiveness in addressing chronic
more » ... ease (health outcomes and quality of life) and its efficiency in the health system. Methods: Bibliographic review of scientific evidence on case management applied to nursing. Between March and April 2020 a bibliographic search was carried out in the Dialnet, Scielo, Scopus and Pubmed databases. Inclusion criteria: articles written in the last 5 years, which analyze how this nursing rol influences the care and health of patients. Results: A total of 16 articles were selected. The NCM reduced the use of the emergency department, hospital admissions, readmissions, and the duration of these in the patients studied. Conclusion: The NCM is effective and efficient for both patients and health institutions, and a common practice model is needed that includes standardized protocols and evidence-based practices.
doi:10.3390/ijerph17249541 pmid:33419267 fatcat:t6e4wke7vnez5hwwiemhf7o5w4