Policy and clinical standards development: A governance document development framework for mental health and substance use services

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2014-01-06

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Manickam, Devarani

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Until recently, healthcare policy process (i.e. planning, development, implementation and review/evaluation of policies) was not commonly discussed in either nursing education or nursing practice. This translates to minimal nursing involvement in organizational healthcare policy. In this paper, the lack of nurse involvement in organizational healthcare policy development is discussed along with possible solutions to elicit nursing engagement. The information gathered from the literature on this topic was used to develop a evidence-based policy and clinical standard development framework for use in Mental Health and Substance Use services in Island Health. The paper will outline the process and evidence used in creating the framework along with next steps for implementation and continued use.

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policy and clinical standard development framework, governance document development framework

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