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An Introduction to Clinical Governance and Patient Safety$
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Elizabeth Haxby, David Hunter, and Siân Jaggar

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199558612

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558612.001.0001

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Integrated care pathways

Integrated care pathways

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(p.131) Chapter 15 Integrated care pathways
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An Introduction to Clinical Governance and Patient Safety
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Helen Goodman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558612.003.0015

This chapter discusses the integrated care pathway (ICP), which is an outline of the care required for a specific procedure or disease providing structured integrated documentation and consistent records. Successful ICP implementation requires both vision and organizational commitment from senior managers and staff in all departments and disciplines. Good clinical leadership for individual pathways, as well as a feeling of ownership by the staff using the pathways, is the key to success. Each pathway must have a team dedicated to its development and facilitation and there must be continual education and information dissemination, usually using workshops and training programmes, to keep up with constantly changing staff. Successfully designed and implemented ICPs improve the quality and safety of patient care.

Keywords:   integrated care pathway, healthcare practice, ICP program, patient care

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