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Care Plan definition

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There is some degree of debate and confusion over the components used in the Care Plan Project. There is a structure referred to as the care plan, one labeled the plan of care, and another which focuses on treatment plan.

Outstanding issues

Existing definitions

Care Plan project definitions

Care Plan

Description of a Care Plan

Testable criteria


Plan of Care

Description of a Plan of Care


Testable criteria

Who (entity or role/type of person) participates in it besides the patient (record target)

Can another entity participate as the subject

E.g. a fetus

Who can author?
Who can authorize (authenticate)?

=Who can participate as the responsible authority for approval (legal authenticator)

Who is responsible for assuring action (responsible party)?
Who is responsible for maintaining the record (i.e. custodian)?
Who are allowed performers of actions?

What are the components?

What can it never contain?
What structures/components does it contain as components?
Can it contain other components of the same type?

What structure/component can contain it?

What structure/component can never contain it?
What context or properties does it have based on the containing component?

What kind of reasons does it have

How is it associated with a Health Concern
How is it associated with a goal?

Does it include (specify) criteria for termination (completion)?

Does it include (specify) outcome criteria specifications?

E.g. criteria which would terminate action and render the status of it completed====

Does it include (specify) criteria required for it to become active?

E.g. defining criteria for a standing order, such as "if temperature is > 38 degC administer 1000 mg acetaminophen PO q6h"



Treatment plan

Description of a Care Plan

Testable criteria