Evaluation Of An Integrated Care Pathway

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INTRODUCTION An integrated care pathway is a structured multidisciplinary synopsis of anticipated care, placed within a set timeline, to aid a patient with a specific condition or set of symptoms to move progressively through a clinical experience to positive outcomes, It is one of the main tools used to manage the quality in healthcare concerning the standardisation of care processes and therefore promotes organised and efficient patient care based on evidence based practice. (British Medical Journal, 1998). In this essay I aim to justify a patient pathway of care with reference to national and local agendas. I will analyse the assessment strategies utilised in the pathway from a bio-psycho-social perspective with reference to contemporary evidence and provide examples from clinical practice where assessment of the patient of the pathway impacts upon the care planning process. JUSTIFY THE SELECTION OF THE PATHWAY WITH REFERENCE TO NATIONAL AND LOCAL AGENDAS The pathway I have selected to discuss from pervious placement is the Pneumonia pathway. The national agenda I have chosen heading this topic is the National Institute for Health and care Excellence (NICE). Under the pneumonia pathway I will concentrate on the “Adult with community acquired pneumonia path which is within the pathway. Pneumonia, is a lower respiratory tract infection in which there is an inflammation of the lung(s) caused by a bacterial, viral or fungal infection. Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most

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