Community-based care is coordinated, integrated care provided in a range of community settings, such as people's homes, healthcare clinics, physicians' offices, public health units, hospices, and workplaces. It is delivered in a way that is person- and population-centred, and responsive to economic, social, language, cultural, and gender differences.
Health providers across the continuum, including nurses, social workers, pharmacists, dietitians, public health practitioners, physicians and others, deliver community-based care. The following are all aspects of community-based care:
- Public health, primary care services within the community, health promotion, and disease prevention
- Diagnosis, treatment, and management of chronic and episodic illness
- Rehabilitation support
- End-of-life care