Systematic review of the implementation of Integrated Care Pathways (ICPs) has shown that they can effectively support proactive care management, adherence to guidelines, improve equity of service access and reduce variance in practice. A multidisciplinary team applied this process to the case management of patients with Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC) in order to support the development of a defined standard of case management, based on current evidence and acknowledged best practice.Methods
Using a structured process of facilitation and project management, this multidisciplinary working group of specialists has developed an ICP for PBC in accordance with ICPAT standards and current best-practice thinking.Results
The ICP forms comprise a streamlined and easy to implement solution for structuring each consultation along the patient pathway. The forms support each activity undertaken around the patient as they progress along the pathway. The PBC ICP comprises:Results
This ICP is available in Word format so that it may be easily modified and implemented by clinical teams across the UK.Conclusions
Adoption of the ICP by PBC teams across the UK may facilitate robust implementation of best practice and improve equity of service provision. In addition, the ICP forms are designed to encourage clinical teams to support each part of the patient journey, including those where specialist resource is not required. This group proposes that the PBC ICP offers a useful solution to optimising case management within the challenging economic constraints faced by the NHS.