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Protocol-based care: 2. Developing pathways with effective teams

Brendan Docherty, MSc, RN, PGCE.Clinical Manager, Cardiology, Critical Care and MedicineThis paper, the second in a 12-part series (see Box 1; Clark, 2003) examines the context of why integrated care pathways (ICPs) are essential in a modern NHS, and discusses the pathway's development team and its function. We highlight the development of an ICP in our organisation that focused on patients with an acute coronary syndrome (ACS).

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