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Care of the DyingA pathway to excellence$
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John Ellershaw and Susie Wilkinson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199550838

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550838.001.0001

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What about care pathways?

What about care pathways?

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(p.1) Chapter 1 What about care pathways?
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Care of the Dying
Author(s):

Kris Vanhaecht

Massimiliano Panella

Ruben van Zelm

Walter Sermeus

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550838.003.0001

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

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