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Clinical Pathways




  • Defines key terms related to Clinical Pathways
  • Outlines the objectives and results of clinical pathways
  • Discusses clinical pathways in aged care
  • Outlines the design and implementation of clinical pathways through steps

Many acute and subacute healthcare organisations have introduced evidence-based clinical pathways in response to the demands for cost reduction in an environment of increased consumer interest in health care. The aim of such clinical pathways is to achieve quality outcomes within a specified time frame, using the resources that best meet the patients' needs.


Contents include

  • Introduction
  • Defining terms
    • Best practice
    • Clinical pathway
    • Resident pathway
    • Evidence-based practice and evidence-based clinical pathways
    • Interdisciplinary healthcare teams
    • Resident-centred care
    • Variance and variance analysis
    • Continuous quality improvement
    • Guidelines
    • Health outcome
  • Objectives and results of clinical pathways
  • Clinical pathways in aged care
    • Changing perceptions of aged-care nursing
    • Interdisciplinary healthcare teams
    • Assessment and referral
    • Resident-centred and outcome-based care
    • Streamlined documentation
    • Staff satisfaction
    • Evidence-based practice and continuous quality improvement
  • Design and implementation of clinical pathways
    • Select a steering committee
    • Select a project coordinator
    • Select a case or procedure
    • Select a design team
    • Perform a study of case histories
    • Perform a literature review
    • Arrange meetings with all disciplines and departments
    • Develop content and design of clinical pathway (first draft)
    • Trial (first draft)
    • Refine clinical pathway
    • Select another diagnostic-related group or procedure
  • Conclusion
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Author / Editor Biographies

Clinical Pathways
Jenni Ham is a registered nurse and midwife who holds a graduate diploma and a master's degree in health science. Since 1994, she has worked as a project manager and acting operations manager at the Collaborative Health Education & Research Centre (CHERC) of the Bendigo Health Care Group (Victoria, Australia). Jenni has extensive experience in the design and implementation of clinical pathways. Her research projects have included the design, implementation, and evaluation of clinical pathways in acute and rehabilitation settings and the design and implementation of clinical pathways in smaller...
registered nurse and midwife who holds bachelor's and master's degrees in health science
Ann-Maree Conners is a registered nurse and midwife who holds bachelor's and master's degrees in health science. For the past five years, she has been the director of the Collaborative Health Education & Research Centre (CHERC) of Bendigo Health Care Group (Victoria, Australia) and has recently been appointed to the role of acting group director of nursing at the Bendigo Health Care Group. Ann-Maree has extensive experience in the development and coordination of education programs for registered nurses and has been involved in health research for a number of years. Her research interests h...
Angela Crombie is a registered nurse who holds a bachelor's degree in nursing and master's degree in health science. Angela also holds additional qualifications in psychiatric nursing and workplace assessment and training. She is employed as a research officer and nurse educator with the Collaborative Health Education & Research Centre (CHERC) of Bendigo Health Care Group (Victoria, Australia) specialising in research and education on aged-care issues. Angela has been involved in a number of research projects, many of which have included the design and development of care pathways in a variety...

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