International insights: What can the development of community hospitals in international contexts tell us about their role in healthcare futures?

Authors: Pitchforth, E., Nolte, E. and van Teijlingen, E.

Conference: Valuing community hospitals: Insights from policy, practice and research: Online seminars,

Dates: 5-19 November 2020


Community hospitals are a crucial but often neglected part of the UK’s health care systems; often very popular with local communities but facing challenges in an era of austerity. COVID-19 has prompted us to make dramatic changes to way we think about and organise health care. Community hospitals have made a significant contribution to the health and wellbeing during the pandemic. The flexibility, resilience and strong community engagement typical of many community hospitals is being brought to the fore. At this critical time, questions are being asked about the future role of community hospitals in many countries not just the UK. We present evidence from our NIHR research: Pitchforth, E, Nolte, E, Corbett, J, Miani, C, Winpenny, E, van Teijlingen E, Elmore, N, King, S, et al. (2017) Community hospitals and their services in the NHS: identifying transferable learning from international developments - scoping review, systematic review, country reports & case studies Health Services & Delivery Research 5(19): 1-248.

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