An effective way of implementing new NHS initiatives into improved clinical practice, Integrated Care Pathways (ICPs) concentrate on patient-centred multidisciplinary care. Sue Middleton and Adrian Roberts explain how to use ICPs to deliver appropriate patient care in a team environment without compromising clinical freedom, as well as describing the relationship between ICPs and Clinical Governance. The introduction of Clinical Governance has led to increased interest in ICPs as the tool by which nationally defined guidelines and standards can be made locally applicable, leading to continuous quality improvement. Whilst research about the impact of ICPs is thin, there is increasing evidence from audit and evaluation in Trusts that ICPs lead to real improvements in standards and outcomes for patients.
"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
Edited by Sue Middleton, BA(Hons), DPSN, PGCE, RGN, Director, Integrated Care Associates, Flintshire, UK; and Adrian Roberts, BA(Hons), PgDINF, Associate Director, Integrated Care Associates, Flintshire, UK
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