The case management model for patient care in the neuroscience area was recently implemented in the neurosciences area at a tertiary care hospital. Understanding of the concepts of case management and managed care were essential to the implementation process. Clustering of case types and appointment of group leaders made the development of individual care maps a manageable task. Case management of 2 case types, Parkinson's disease and Guillain Barré syndrome are described, including the rationale for selection, care map development and education. The process of continuing education focused on operational issues regarding utilization of the map and professional issues such as health teaching responsibilities.
Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Joanne A. Marr, RN, MSc, CNN (C), at: 621–7 Crescent Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4C 5L7. She is a clinical nurse specialist at the Toronto Hospital.
Barbara Reid participated in care map development at the Toronto Hospital.
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