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critical pathway

outline or diagram that documents the process of diagnosis or treatment deemed appropriate for a condition based on practice guidelines.

critical pathway

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.

crit·i·cal path·way

(krit'i-kăl path'wā)
A schedule of medical and nursing procedures, including diagnostic tests, medications, and consultations, designed to provide practice guidelines for the efficient, coordinated treatment of a specific condition.
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As to treatment practices, the patients wanted the postoperative care to be developed further; for example, they suggested removal of sutures and especially the postoperative meeting with the physician should be part of the critical pathway.
Most of the team members were unfamiliar with the critical pathway concept; the educational process was therefore necessary in beginning our work.
Using information from consultation with experts and a review of the literature on critical pathways and related quality' improvement methods, we developed a list of pathway characteristics that might be associated with critical pathway effectiveness.
Page 162 in: Planning, Implementing and Evaluating Critical Pathways.
A literature review found that most hospitals who had adopted a patient-focused philosophy had incorporated both critical pathways and documentation by exception (Johnson & Miller, 1992; Weber & Weber, 1994).
The critical pathway development process used at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, was based on the premise that collaboration among disciplines was essential to effective implementation of a pathway, therefore, a multidisciplinary team was formed.
It will be necessary to establish empirical support for critical pathway models and for the application of community practice guidelines.
Definitions of the critical pathway by Zander (1988a), Etheredge (1989), Metcalf (1991), Mosher et al.
Initial development of the critical pathway included a chart review of 20 patients with a discharge diagnosis of poisoning and toxic ingestion to determine best practice.
Capitated health plans are embracing critical pathways as a superior way to manage costs and ensure high-quality outcomes for inpatients and outpatients alike.
CHICAGO -- HIMSS and AHIMA introduce the ICD-10 Critical Pathway for Getting Started - 2012 and Beyond.
Nurse case managers coordinate and monitor the critical pathway collaboratively with the interdisciplinary team and family (Zander, 1994).