Continuity of care

Continuity of care is when care is delivered by the same health care professional or team throughout a single episode of care where possible. It describes an individual’s contact with care – see: http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/qualitystandards/patientexperience/ContinuityOfCare.jsp.

The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) produces continuity of care guidelines are at: http://publications.nice.org.uk/quality-standard-for-antenatal-care-qs22/quality-statement-2-services-continuity-of-care and http://publications.nice.org.uk/postnatal-care-qs37/quality-statement-1-continuity-of-care.

The International Confederation of Midwives has undertaken research (published in the Cochrane Library) into the benefits of midwife-led continuity of care – see: http://www.internationalmidwives.org/news/?nid=93

Continuity of care was last modified: May 12th, 2015 by Adrian Bannister