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critical path

 
a concise document describing the common practices of all health care disciplines in relation to a specific type of case; it is a tool used in managed care and case management representing specific practice patterns, patient populations, and limits on the length of stay. A critical path is a set of concurrent or sequential actions to achieve a goal or complete a project. The start and completion dates are the critical organizing factor. See also critical path development.

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.
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3: Time, cost, quality and risk based critical paths Criterion Goal values Time Lower bound 5.709 Upper bound 7.874 Cost Lower bound 7.228 Upper bound 8.562 Quality Lower bound 8.895 Upper bound 10.052 Risk Lower bound 5.9 Upper bound 8 Source: own
The accomplishment duration of the project is equal to length of the lengthiest network path which is called the critical path. The project is accomplished when all the activities existing in the critical path have been accomplished (Shahsavaripour et al, 2010).
The network techniques used to tackle project analysis are Critical Path Method (hereafter CPM) and Project Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) (Taylor, 1996; Shankar et al., 2010; Elizabeth & Sujatha, 2013).
A candidate color [beta] is not valid for the edge e = (a, b) if and only if [there exists][alpha] [member of] [S.sub.ab] [intersection] [S.sub.ba] such that there is a ([alpha], [beta], ab) critical path in G with respect to the coloring c.
Now if the color [alpha] is not valid, then by Fact 2, c([a.sub.2][b.sub.2]) = a and there exists a (1, [alpha], [a.sub.1]x) critical path containing the edge [a.sub.2][b.sub.2].
In our example, those activities are [A.sub.13], [A.sub.36], [A.sub.67] and [A.sub.78] (marked with thicker arrows), and they form a critical path in time analysis of observed project.
The presented problem is a simple example of finding unique critical path in project time analysis.
This way of finding the critical path will be a basis of software package, which we plan to develop.
An FDA Critical Path initiative would help American-based pharmaceutical companies as well.
It must become more future-oriented and science-based, able to move down "the critical path" more directly and rapidly and both protect and advance the public health.
Critical chain scheduling differs from traditional critical path analysis in several respects.
Unlike the traditional critical path (the dashed line), which remains on a single path, the critical chain, in recognizing task and resource dependencies, may traverse all the paths of a project.