The purpose of a care plan is to communicate and monitor a person’s progress towards their goals. It facilitates interprofessional collaboration amongst the health care team.
Care plans are developed by the entire health care team in collaboration with the person (patient, client and family).
Establishing a comprehensive care plan is a dynamic process that is constantly evolving based on the assessment and needs of the person (patient, client and/or family).
Standardizing and documenting care plans are essential components to facilitate interprofessional communication and collaboration during the provision of care.
Outcomes of care reflect the shared goals of the patient/family and provider. The following are the benefits of establishing a formalized plan of care:
Nova Scotia Health Authority (2015). Care Planning 101 [poster]. Interprofessional Practice & Learning.