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|Title:||An integrative approach to improving patient care pathways|
Williams, Sharon J.
|Citation:||International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 2018|
|Abstract:||Purpose: Globally, healthcare managers continue to struggle with managing increasing demands for their services with limited or shrinking resources. It is therefore, clear that systems, processes and practices need to change to meet these challenges. We assess how integrating two improvement technologies, Lean and Integrated Care Pathways (ICPs) might help. Design/methodology/approach: Lean in healthcare and ICP provide a platform to develop conceptual frameworks for integrating two approaches. Findings: A conceptual integrated framework is provided to assist care pathway designers and implementers to consider the synergistic benefits of combining approaches to improvement. Research limitations/implications: We provide a conceptual framework that requires empirically testing. Practical implications: This research provides a conceptual framework to aid practitioners to improve healthcare design and delivery. Originality/value: For the first time, we bring together two approaches to improving patient care pathway design and considers how these are linked in relation to improving the delivery of health care.|
|Rights:||Copyright © 2018, Emerald. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (http://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserved)|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles, Dept. of Economics|
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