Hospital care pathways for patients with schizophrenia
Article first published online: 21 DEC 2001
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Volume 10, Issue 1, pages 58–69, January 2001
How to Cite
Jones, A. (2001), Hospital care pathways for patients with schizophrenia. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 10: 58–69. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2702.2001.00435.x
- Issue published online: 21 DEC 2001
- Article first published online: 21 DEC 2001
- care pathways;
- length of stay;
- role autonomy;
• Greater emphasis is being placed on reducing clinical variation in managing patient groups in the reformed National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom (UK).
• The use of a care pathway to enable greater control over the process and quality of care will be explored for patients suffering from schizophrenia.
• The paper addresses three main factors for the development of care pathways for people suffering from schizophrenia: predictability of the illness; nature of standardized care; and role autonomy.
• It is argued that the diagnosis of schizophrenia does not lend itself easily to predicting care and treatment within a care pathway framework. However, a care pathway may bring other benefits, such as standardized care and a greater control over the delivery of care.
• Development and implementation of hospital care pathways require extensive research. Qualitative research directions are advocated due to the possible difficulties of conducting an experimental study.