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clinical pathway

a description of practices likely to result in favorable outcomes for patients with a particular diagnosis that uses prospectively defined resources to minimize cost. It may be based on research, literature, or common practice. Also called critical pathway. See also practice guideline.

care pathway

The sequence of health and social care services a patient in the UK receives after entering the system during a particular episode of care.

clinical pathway

Critical pathway, treatment pathway Clinical medicine A standardized algorithm of a consensus of the best way to manage a particular condition Modalities used Teletherapy, brachytherapy, hyperthermia and stereotactic radiation. See Oncology, Surgical oncology Medtalk A multidisciplinary set of prescriptions and outcome targets for managing the overall care of a specific type of Pt–from pre-admission to post-discharge for Pts receiving inpatient care; CPs are intended to maintain or improve quality of care and ↓costs for Pts, in particular DRGs.

clin·i·cal path·way

(klin'i-kăl path'wā)
Standardized interdisplinary care map for a specific diagnosis from the diagnosis-related group. Clinical pathways guide a patient's plan of care through attainment of specific clinical outcomes by the patient from admission to discharge. Benefits for the pathway include increased communication among members of the health care team, standardization of care, documentation and evaluation tools, decreased cost and length of stay, and increased patient and family satisfaction.
See: critical path
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Nearly all surveyed oncologists currently engaged in a clinical pathways program participate in a breast cancer program, with slightly fewer saying their program covers CRC, NSCLC and prostate cancer.
Hydo B: Designing and effective clinical pathway for stroke.
Many large oncology groups have been working with clinical pathways of some sort for years, taking great care to construct pathways that provide latitude to physicians in the practice, to gain buy-in from them.
A clinical pathway is an intervention with a structured multidisciplinary plan of care plus three out of the four following criteria: (i) the intervention was used to translate guidelines or evidence into local structures, (ii) the intervention detailed the steps in a course of treatment or care in a plan, pathway, algorithm, guideline, protocol or other inventory of actions (iii) the intervention had timeframes or criteria-based progression and (iv) the intervention aimed to standardise care for a specific clinical problem, procedure or episode of healthcare in a specific population (Kinsman et al.
The clinical pathway is expected to be rolled out to all Welsh hospitals by next month, having begun a year ago in West Wales.
Results: Of the 371 patients, 174 were assigned to the clinical pathway and 197 were not.
However, there is nothing in the literature about the use of a clinical pathway with a moderate TBI population.
In this setting, client satisfaction is evaluated outside the parameters of the clinical pathway, as a separate and ongoing aspect of customer service evaluation.
Besides the traditional problems such as different technologies, links and security of patient data, this approach is a dead end street since it is completely at odds with the patient's clinical pathway.
The new clinical pathway consisted of extensive patient education; pain management utilizing a combination of epidural and general anesthesia during the procedure, and thoracic epidural anesthesia for the first 2 days postoperatively; feeding on the first postoperative day; at least 5 hours of ambulation on the first postoperative day; and at least two visits per day by surgical physicians.

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