Identify stakeholders

Collaborative practice improves patient outcomes (Knausefa/ 1,986). Many different medical disciplines and health care professionals participate in the delivery of intensive care and will bring a variety of perspectives to any planning table. These various perspectives must be considered when developing a policy, and their impact on the final decision must be taken into account.

Successful implementation of any policy requires 'buy in' and commitment from each member of the planning team. While unanimous agreement rarely occurs, members need to be able to support the final decision. Failure to include important stakeholders in policy development will adversely impact the degree of clinical support and application of the policy. While inclusion may be more labor intensive than autocratic decision-making, the end result will be a more useful policy with the support of those involved.

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