Health and social care integration in Scotland: evidence vs rhetoric

Cam Donaldson*, Peter Knight, Alastair L. Noble, Sandy Strathearn

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In this perspective paper we use publicly-available data to show that, despite much positive rhetoric in support of reforms in Scotland to integrate health and social care, these reforms, in their current state, have failed to meet their stated objectives. Rather than regress to the previous system, we propose continued evaluation of even more radical forms of such integration. This analysis, and set of future proposals, are timely given current considerations with respect to a National Care Service in Scotland and recent similar reforms in England and in other countries.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4
JournalInternational Journal of Integrated Care
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2024


  • health
  • social care
  • integration
  • NHS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Sociology and Political Science


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