OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to analyze outpatient health care for demented individuals concerning the sustainability indicators coordination, cooperation and networking as well as finding solutions for present problems in those fields.
METHODS: A systematic literature research in several relevant databases and telephone interviews with experts concerning outpatient care for demented individuals were conducted. The interviews were content analyzed.
RESULTS: Deficits range from problems with financial compensation, difficulties on the interface of provided measures and lack of resources to individual factors as lack of knowledge, interest and willingness for intense coordination, cooperation and networking.
CONCLUSION: Active promotion of patient centered, community and trans-sectoral health care as proposed in integrated care models seem to foster sustainability of outpatient health care for demented individuals.