Implementation of Integrated Care Pathways for Persons with Psychosis in Ontario, Canada: Barriers and Opportunities
Currently there is an emphasis on developing Integrated Care pathways for mental health problems. The concept of pathways draws heavily from principles of lean thinking and is therefore based on improving the efficiency of the system to provide quality services to persons with health problems. Development of pathways for schizophrenia, along with depression and dementia is high priority in Ontario, Canada. This is an exciting development, especially as this might trigger radical changes in the health system to improve the care of those with schizophrenia. As the pathways are fully developed in England, we have tried to highlight the issues that can facilitate or hinder the development and implementation of the pathways in Ontario, compared with England. Development of pathways offers unique opportunities, that might lead to substantial improvement in care of persons with psychosis.