Role of care pathways in interprofessional teamwork
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Evidence & Practice    

Role of care pathways in interprofessional teamwork

Minimol Kulakkottu Scaria Registered nurse, Neurology, Canberra Hospital and Health Services, Canberra, Australia

Cohesive interprofessional teamwork is essential to successful healthcare services. Interprofessional teamwork is the means by which different healthcare professionals – with diverse knowledge, skills and talents – collaborate to achieve a common goal. Several interventions are available to improve teamwork in the healthcare setting. This article explores the role of care pathways in improving interprofessional teamwork. Care pathways enhance teamwork by promoting coordination, collaboration, communication and decision making to achieve optimal healthcare outcomes. They result in improved staff knowledge, communication, documentation and interprofessional relations. Care pathways also contribute to patient-centred care and increase patient satisfaction.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2016.e10402


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Received: 15 January 2016

Accepted: 02 February 2016

Published online: 13 August 2016

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