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How to set up a policy and procedures manual.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7439569     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This three-part article describes the process followed by Northwestern General Hospital in establishing policy and procedures manuals. It also shares the discoveries made during this process which might benefit other hospitals attempting either to rewrite or create manuals of their own. Much of the available literature either deals with the need for policies and procedures, differentiates between policy and procedure, or gives sample policies or procedures for different hospital areas. These topics have been pointedly avoided here in favor of the practical aspects of policy and procedures manual development. The first part, 'Establishing the Basics", describes the brief and informal study of some existing hospital policy and procedure manuals and outlines the basic principles adopted as a result of this study. The second part, "Policy and Procedures Manual Preliminaries", reviews the considerations and decisions which were made by Northwestern General Hospital before work on policies and procedures could actually get underway. The third part, "Procedure Writing Skills", is more didactic and offers suggestions for improving the quality of procedure writing.
P Cryderman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Dimensions in health service     Volume:  57     ISSN:  0317-7645     ISO Abbreviation:  Dimens Health Serv     Publication Date:  1980 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1981-02-24     Completed Date:  1981-02-24     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0411256     Medline TA:  Dimens Health Serv     Country:  CANADA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  23-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Hospital Administration*
Hospital Bed Capacity, 100 to 299
Hospital Departments / organization & administration*
Manuals as Topic / standards*
Time Factors

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