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The development of Partners for Health's integrated community pathway for postmyocardial infarction patients

Young W, Rewa G, Coyte PC, Jaglal SB, Goodman S, Bentley-Taylor M, Fountas P, Gupta A, Levinson A, O'Connor T; Home Care after a Heart Attack Project Group, Partners for Health. Can J Cardiol. 2003; 19(3):231-5.

Partners for Health convened an interdisciplinary team to evaluate the quality of care received by cardiac patients. The team detailed the suboptimal postacute care of patients with ischemic heart disease. To solve the quality problems, a cross-sectoral team, using an approach that is in accordance with the American Heart Association's Scientific Statement on Pathways, systematically developed and implemented an integrated community pathway for myocardial infarction patients. The paper contributes to the literature on pathways by presenting the lessons learned from the authors' first-hand experience. The paper concludes with recommendations based on those lessons.

Keywords: Cardiovascular diseases Home care Coronary disease/Myocardial infarction