Effective interventions unit: integrated care pathways guide 1 - definitions and concepts
First in a series of guides on developing and implementing Integrated Care Pathways (ICPs). While ICPs have been developed within health settings, there is a growing interest in their development across a range of treatment and social care settings to ensure that a co-ordinated, quality service is provided over the full continuum of care. Care pathways are designed to minimise delays, make best use of resources, and maximise quality of care.
This guide examines when and how integrated care pathways can be used to provide better care for people with drug problems.