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* Explains the concept of care pathways - from initial idea through to working model
• Focuses on the use of Integrated Care Pathways to facilitate multidisciplinary involvement in patient care
• Highlights potential pitfalls and advises on how to overcome them to ensure successful operation of care pathways
• A useful set of Appendices with clinical examples provides a practical tool for setting up your own Integrated Care Pathways
The book contains black-and-white illustrations.
PART ONE: What are integrated pathways?; Introduction; PART TWO: Why introduce integrated care pathways?; ICPs and quality: the use of ICPs to facilitate a clinically effective service; Effectiveness: the use of ICPs to facilitate a cost-effective service; ICPs: a vehicle to deliver clinical governance; PART THREE: How to introduce integrated care pathways; Getting started; Documentation; Crossing professional and service boundaries: a case study; Maintaining momentum; Evaluation care pathways; Clinical benchmarking; Appendix 1: Clinical pathways maturity matrix; Appendix 2: Integrated care pathway for 'cardiac' chest pain/suspected myocardial infarction; Appendix 3: Integrated care pathway for day case cardiac catheters; Index.