Renata Kudukytė-Gasperė Danguolė Jankauskienė


The aim of the article is to analyze the concept of integrated health care and the need for development in the European region, and also to figure out the Lithuanian health policy directions for development of integrated health care services in Lithuania.In this article, using systemic analysis the authors analyzed the main health policy documents of the World Health Organisation and the European Commission, as well as the main Lithuanian health policy documents: “Europe 2020”, “Health 2020”, “Strengthening People-Centered Health Systems in the WHO European Region: A Roadmap”, the 2011-2015 Framework of Lithuanian Health System Development and 2014-2025 Lithuanian Programme of Health.Health policy documents for the European region set the strategic direction in order to adapt the health care systems to changes of demographic and epidemiological situation in all the region (population aging and increasing of agerelated chronic diseases and conditions, increasing needs for social care service in the health care sector). Strategic direction proposes to re-orient health care systems, giving the priority to disease prevention, integrated health care and social services, and ensure continuity of care, promoting coordinated care and case/ disease management in all levels of care. Strategic guidelines state that peopleoriented health care system is cost-effective. Recomendations for the managerial innovations stenghening team work, case management in all levels of organisation of health care are proposed in the implementation of the National Health Program.