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Guides on how to develop integrated care pathways

In Evidence-Based Medicine, Health industry on April 24, 2009 by Alan Lovell Tagged: , , , , , ,

So you want some guides/toolkits on how to put together an integrated care pathway? These might help:

A short introduction
Evidence-Based-Medicine.co.uk. What is an integrated care pathway
An eight page introduction to integrated care pathways and how to develop them, along with a short example for adults with MRSA

Guides/toolkits
Integrated Care pathway users in Scotland. A Workbook for People Starting to Develop Integrated Care Pathways
A 68 page workbook developed by ICPUS (Integrated Care Pathway Users in Scotland), a network of people from Scotland, who are interested in or using ICPs. “By the end of this workbook you should have a clear understanding of the ICP tool and how to write and develop one. You should also have gained knowledge of the steps for effective variance tracking and continuous quality improvement as well as an idea of how ICPs can support you in delivering safe and effective care.”

National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare. Integrated care pathways: a guide to good practice
A 64 page guide to good practice in developing integrated care pathways, developed by the National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare in Wales. The purpose of the guide is “to assist clinical teams with the implementation of Integrated Care Pathways”

Queensland Health. A Toolkit for Developing a Clinical Pathway
A 23 page toolkit from the Clinical Practice Improvement Team in Queensland, in order to be used as “to assist clinical teams with the implementation of Integrated Care Pathways”.

Development checklist and Audit
Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Integrated care pathway checklist, and audit.

And an online resource
Protocol Based Care (What is it and how can it help me?), from the NHS Institute. “Protocol based care enables NHS staff to put evidence into practice by addressing the key questions of what should be done, when, where and by whom at a local level.  It provides a framework for working in multi-disciplinary teams. This standardisation of practice reduces variation in the treatment of patients and improves the quality of care.”

What’s that? You don’t want some guides/toolkits on how to put together an integrated care pathway? Well, there’s no pleasing some people.

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