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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Suzanne Day Baker, MSN, RN (Indiana University School of Nursing)
Description: This first edition resource book explains the development and use of pathways in multiple healthcare settings. The perspectives of many disciplines are reflected in the choice of contributors.
Purpose: The book describes the use of pathways in care primarily in the United Kingdom. The editor wants sound research to be conducted on the effectiveness of pathways to help reduce costs and length of stay, and improve quality in patient care. The book intends to address the need for the evaluation of the use of pathways. The book falls short on offering qualitative research on the results of pathways' use.
Audience: The editor intended this to be for nurse managers and healthcare administrators. It contains valuable information for a broader audience of advanced practitioners and graduate students in health administration.
Features: Clear charts and tables illustrate the text. The book generously supplies various pathway forms that have been piloted and implemented. Appropriate references are included at the end of each chapter.
Assessment: This is a carefully written book detailing experience in pathway development and implementation. The book concludes with a helpful section on legal and financial issues. This is appropriate reading for advanced practitioners, department managers and health administrators.