Integrated Care Pathways: A Practical Approach to Implementation / Edition 1

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Overview

* 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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book could not have appeared at a better time. It lives up to its title but is more than just a practical guide to implementing ICPs. It is rich in insights into the criteria for success and the reasons for failure." Health Service Journal, February 2001
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Carole A. Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (Council of International Neonatal Nurses)
Description: This is a guide for those who wish to develop, implement, or evaluate integrated pathways. The editors break the process down into workable steps.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide guidance to clinicians who want to develop, implement, or evaluate integrated clinical pathways.
Audience: The intended audience is clinicians; those in the U.K. will find this most useful.
Features: The editors address the definition of integrated clinical pathways in this book. The rationale for these pathways is described. In the final sections of the book contributors present strategies for how one introduces pathways into a clinical setting. There are samples of integrated pathways, both adult and pediatric. The major shortcoming is the emphasis and applicability to the U.K., which makes this less of a good reference for practitioners in the U.S. By the editors' own admission though, comparable books that are geared to the U.S. healthcare delivery system are not particularly useful in the U.K.
Assessment: Critical pathways texts that are representative of the U.S. healthcare system are readily available. However for the U.K. this book has no real competition and is probably very appropriate. It does serve as a model of how to develop a critical pathway and to get the idea accepted in a clinical agency. This information is useful to any audience worldwide.
Carole Kenner
This is a guide for those who wish to develop, implement, or evaluate integrated pathways. The editors break the process down into workable steps. The purpose is to provide guidance to clinicians who want to develop, implement, or evaluate integrated clinical pathways. The intended audience is clinicians; those in the U.K. will find this most useful. The editors address the definition of integrated clinical pathways in this book. The rationale for these pathways is described. In the final sections of the book contributors present strategies for how one introduces pathways into a clinical setting. There are samples of integrated pathways, both adult and pediatric. The major shortcoming is the emphasis and applicability to the U.K., which makes this less of a good reference for practitioners in the U.S. By the editors' own admission though, comparable books that are geared to the U.S. healthcare delivery system are not particularly useful in the U.K. Critical pathways texts that are representative of the U.S. healthcare system are readily available. However for the U.K. this book has no real competition and is probably very appropriate. It does serve as a model of how to develop a critical pathway and to get the idea accepted in a clinical agency. This information is useful to any audience worldwide.
Booknews
Presents a new method for implementing the UK's National Health Service's initiatives into improved clinical practice. Explains concepts of integrated care pathways (ICPs) and shows how to use them to deliver appropriate patient care in a team environment without compromising clinical freedom, and also describes the relationship between ICPs and Clinical Governance. Highlights potential pitfalls and advises on how to overcome problems to ensure successful operation of care pathways. Middleton is director and Roberts is associate director of Integrated Care Associates, UK. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750640879
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 8/10/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 0.36 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 9.69 (d)

Table of Contents

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.

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