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What about care pathways?

Kris Vanhaecht, Massimiliano Panella, Ruben van Zelm and Walter Sermeus

in Care of the Dying

Second edition

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199550838
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730528 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550838.003.0001
What about care pathways?

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This chapter discusses care pathways, which are also known as critical pathways, clinical pathways, and integrated care pathways, and are used for a variety of patient groups worldwide. The chapter discusses the history and working definition of care pathways, and looks at care pathways as a concept, a model, a process, and a product. The last section in this chapter focuses on a discussion and the challenges for palliative care, such as developing and implementing pathways that have the patient focused care paradigm as the main driver.

Keywords: care pathways; patient groups; working definition; palliative care; care paradigm

Chapter.  5485 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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