Integral to this process of continuous quality improvement is the assessment of the level of compliance with record keeping on the ICP (Campbell et al 1998).
"Good record keeping is essential in all aspects of healthcare, and it has been noted that absent or poor record keeping can hinder the defence of health care cases that are brought to court (Gray 2008)"
"ICP's can offer a mechanism by which to standardise documentation, and it has been cited that when it comes to legal implications of record keeping 'practitioners were better protected if they could show that their decision-making was based on care pathways or guidelines, since this would indicate that care had been provided in a controlled environment that supported reflective clinical practice' (Tingle 1997)."
Sunday, 4 November 2012
Liverpool Care Pathway – Why Is There A Pathway?
The opinion has been expressed in these pages that formal care pathway protocols were established to provide cover for what has been in place for years.