2005 Reports Resulting From the Partners in Care Project

December 2005

Common problems found in the senior population such as reduced cognitive functioning, depression, medication errors, sleep abnormalities and falls have been shown to exacerbate chronic physical problems, increase health care utilization and cause premature entry into institutional settings.  Responding to these issues, the Partners in Care (PIC) project sought to address problems of the elderly as they relate to the fragmentation between the medical and psychosocial health care delivery system.  The Partners in Care intervention placed social workers into a variety of physician practice settings to identify at-risk elderly, particularly those with cognitive impairment and/or depression, and to build a more closely linked system of care through social work interventions.

Funded in part by the Michael Reese Health Trust, the Partners in Care research evaluation commenced in February 2000 and all interventions and data collection activities were completed in December 2003.  In all, 2,088 participants were enrolled at 7 treatment sites (where a PIC social worker was placed) and 4 control sites (no social worker was placed).  Two reports resulting from Partners in Care can be accessed on this website.  One is the Executive Summary of the Partners in Care project report.  The other titled, Partners in Care Policy Recommendations, uses data resulting from Partners in Care and other projects that addressed health and mental health problems of the elderly to make recommendations for policy and next steps.