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The importance of engaging users and measuring outcome for integrated care: response to Ewing and Woodman
  1. Mando Watson
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mando Watson, Department of Paediatrics, St Mary’s Hospital, 6-10 The Bays Building, Off South Wharf Road, London W2 1NY, UK; Mando.Watson{at}

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Ewing article1 and Woodman’s2 papers will accelerate the implementation of new ways of working for children and young people. In their articles, they raise the difficulty of ‘practice going before evidence.’ We would like to respond to this point by sharing some relevant data that echo Woodman and Ewing’s recommendations and highlight the importance of engaging users and the use of relevant outcome measures.

In 2016, at the ‘Effective Patient Centred Integrated Care for Children, Young People and their Families’ conference3 we obtained data from 67 delegates (box 1). Using questionnaires to obtain qualitative data, we sought perspectives on three key issues:

  • Ways to improve integrated care for children and their families

  • Ways to demonstrate that new models of care have improved outcomes and reduced variation

  • Ways …

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  • Competing interests MW co-leads Connecting Care for Children,

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement The original responses from conference delegates are available from the author