PATIENT PATHWAY: THE IDEAL APPROACH.

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      Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) can be a devastating complication of cirrhosis, affecting patients and their families. Multidisciplinary community and specialist teams must work together with patients and their families to recognise HE, identify and treat problems early, and minimise time spent unwell or in hospital. Primary care provides an ideal setting for patient education and reinforcement of the salient points on self-care. In the acute setting, the use of care pathways can ensure that the critical aspects of pharmacological, dietetic and supportive care are offered in a timely fashion to reduce morbidity and mortality. This article discusses strategies that can be used in primary and secondary care to help teams deliver excellent practice in HE management. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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