Care Pathway Documents
The Early Psychosis Community Care Pathway
Through the Early Psychosis Intervention Program in the Fraser South Area of British Columbia, Canada a care pathway for early psychosis was developed and implemented across all community mental health centres in the region -- for both Adult and Child & Youth Mental Health.
A care pathway is a plan that outlines the sequence and timing of clinical interventions for professional staff caring for a specific client group. Terms such as "pathways to care, care maps, clinical pathways and critical pathways" are used interchangeably to describe care pathways. While there are differences across the format, level of detail and instructions for use, the vast majority of all care pathways have the following goals:
- Provide a practical "best practices" guide to care that fits within the system in which care is being offered
- Standardize care and reduce variation in practice and in documentation
- Provide a method for evaluating and improving quality of care
The care pathway developed for early psychosis includes prompts for interventions and standardized assessments and has ultimately replaced the charting system used in the mental health centres for early psychosis clients in Fraser South. One-year evaluation revealed that the care pathway was associated with improvements in care.
The tools associated with the care pathway are provided below.
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Progress Forms and Assessment Templates
These are electronic templates that allow you to type the information in using MS Word.
The selections above are electronic Microsoft Word Forms for the care pathway.
The forms are currently "locked". When forms are locked you can fill in information but not modify the form itself. If you want to unlock the form to adjust formatting or add into the header, you can do so by going to "Tools" and then "Unprotect Document". After making any modifications, you will need to "relock" the form in order for it to be completed electronically.
Note: These forms contain macros and in order for them to be read properly on your computer, you must set your MS Word macro security level to "medium". To do this go to "Tools" - "Macro" - "Security" and make sure the Security Level checked off is "Medium". Then when you attempt to open one of these documents, a pop-up box will appear with a few options - click on "Enable Macros".