Welcome to Resources in Integrated Care (RIIC) for Morbidity Management and Disability Prevention (4MMDP)
RIIC-4MMDP is a free, open access, online "self-archiving" repository dedicated to sharing best practices, lessons learned, and exploring new strategies for MMDP with the wider MMDP community. The primary goal is to aid countries as they build capacity for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating MMDP activities. As acknowledged by others in the fight against disabling diseases, the most important tool for achieving goals in disease control efforts is knowledge; promoting its enhancement, sharing and utilization (Koporc 2013). Disease control efforts are enhanced when integrated with MMDP activities (Cantey, Rout et al. 2010).
To achieve its goal, RIIC-4MMDP hopes to centralize all MMDP content with a custom interface that makes it easy to find what you need and to navigate through it (every word in each document is searchable). In addition to published research, content includes contributions developed by National Ministries of Health and Education and practical field materials produced by NGOs and their technical consultants, materials that are not easily accessible and searchable by other means.
Cantey, P., J. Rout, et al. (2010). "Increasing compliance with mass drug administration programs for lymphatic filariasis in India through education and lymphedema management programs." PLoS Negl Trop Dis 4(6): e728.
Koporc, K. (2013). Building on Strong Foundations: CWWâs First Eight Years, and the Way Forward. Quarterly Dose, Children Without Worms: Partnership for Treating and Preventing Intestinal Worms.
* Content experts are used for editorial review, control, and to assure quality, relevance, and usability.
RIIC-4MMDP defines "integrated care" as patient-centered, community-based health interventions focused on crosscutting issues common to many disabling diseases/chronic conditions. Integrated care is cost-effective, prevents duplication of services, provides a more uniform approach to early detection and care, and builds synergy among health care workers and within health care systems.
Integrated care promotes:
RIIC-4MMDP is the official publisher of materials developed by the Integrated Care for Morbidity Management and Disability Prevention Initiative (www.icare4mmdp.org). Contributors of MMDP materials include governments, nongovernmental organizations, multilateral organizations and initiatives, professional organizations, academic and research institutions, and individuals.
Materials submitted must deal with some crosscutting aspect of community-based morbidity management and disability prevention (as defined above). Contributions to the resource center must not only be relevant to at least one of the six (6) main themes below, but must also be applicable to less-resourced environments (link to subject tree).
Role of the Editorial Team
The RIIC-4MMDP editorial team is made up of either individual content experts and/or individuals that provide a conduit for content experts from one or more of the fields in the defined subject areas. These larger groups are generally comprised of disease-specific or intervention-specific organizations. Thus, the editorial team is made up of committed individuals who contribute significantly to the repository in terms of the volume and the quality of material and/or ensure such contributions for a larger group of stakeholders. In achieving this goal, editorial team members commit to providing staff/students to deposit materials and supervise the process.
Because the editorial team is largely responsible for the content of the RIIC-4MMDP, members are responsible not only for contributions from defined subject areas but encourage contributions from the MMDP community at large. Therefore, the editorial team promotes RIIC-4MMDP at meetings, conferences, and symposia, in related journals and through interactions with the wider MMDP community. The editorial team provides leadership in the use of the repository as a resource for countries and provides feedback on the usability of the repository for continuous quality improvement.
It is not within the scope of editorial team members to evaluate the quality or scientific merit of a creative work. Editorial team members, or the content experts they represent, review and control deposited material to assure quality, relevance, and usability of the materials. They review to assure that:
Editorial Team (TBD)
Represent the following disease/condition-specific groups (TBD)
Represent the following intervention-specific groups (TBD)