As a result of health and social policies the importance of community health has increased in recent years. This development has led to changes in the tasks and demands faced by outpatient care. This has become multifaceted, alternating between high-tech medical services and “high touch” emotional, communicative and psychological support, measures to support self-management and patient education, and everyday help. But still today there are not enough appropriate, evidence-based concepts for many of the tasks this involves. At the same time the development of fitting strategies to enable patients to get integrated and continuing health services despite the fragmentation of outpatient care is becoming more urgent. The activities of the IPW in this area aim to find solutions for the structural and conceptual problems in outpatient care – thereby helping to strengthen community health nursing.