Addiction Services Clinical Pathways
The recent implementation of standardized screening, assessment, treatment planning, and service protocols by MHAS ensure that clients and families are provided with timely access to the appropriate service for them at any point along the continuum of care. Understanding and utilizing these standardized service elements as part of an organised care continuum is critical to ensure service providers are informed and have the tools available to develop client centered care plans. Organised care continuums can be expressed through clinical pathways which are also referred to as “care pathways, critical pathways, integrated care pathways, or care maps”. Clinical pathways are informed by evidence based practise, reduce unnecessary variability in clinical practise, and assist in managing health care quality. Pathways provide a formal framework for service providers and clients to successfully navigate the service system and identify the most appropriate service options, and anticipated outcomes. Clinical pathways typically include treatment protocols and activities that span the service continuum, such as screening, assessments, prioritization, treatment planning, and admission and discharge criteria.
SASKATCHEWAN MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES – ADDICTION SERVICES CLINICAL PATHWAYS
Introduction and Premise Document – Explains how pathways were developed and pathway premises
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