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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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Clinical pathways were introduces by zander in the mid of 1980s adopting clinical pathways were useful to improve healthcare quality and patient safety clinical pathways provide a shared language and inspire everyone to look at the whole patient and entire healthcare process [1 2].
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This comprehensive text delivered in a loose-leaf binder format with accompanying CD-ROM provides a template for home care agencies to adopt and implement a clinical pathways delivery system.
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Although literature on clinical pathways is scarce, some direction for clinical pathway development can be found.
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The second element of the clinical pathway framework is length of stay.
Quasi-experimental, non-equivalent control group study design using clinical pathway intervention.
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