Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464
HARTZ, Zulmira M. de Araújo and CONTANDRIOPOULOS, André-Pierre. Comprehensive health care and integrated health services: challenges for evaluating the implementation of a "system without walls". Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2004, vol.20, suppl.2, pp. S331-S336. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2004000800026.
The premise of this paper is that comprehensive health care is a major component in the investigation and evaluation of health services and systems, structured as inter-organizational health care networks articulating clinical, functional, normative, and systemic dimensions in their operationalization and based on the understanding that no organization combines all the necessary resources and capabilities to solve the health problems of a population with its various life cycles. Given the complex nature of this "system without walls", eliminating barriers to access in the various health care levels in response to local and regional health, we take this opportunity to share a few "preliminary lessons" from our experience and from the literature on integrated health services which may interest researchers and managers concerned with the implementation of such services.
Keywords : Health Services; Services Evaluation; Systems Integration.