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|Title:||Development and implementation of a clinical pathway programme in an acute care general hospital in Singapore|
Quality of care
|Citation:||Cheah, J. (2000). Development and implementation of a clinical pathway programme in an acute care general hospital in Singapore. International Journal for Quality in Health Care 12 (5) : 403-412. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1093/intqhc/12.5.403|
|Abstract:||A critical or clinical pathway defines the optimal care process, sequencing and timing of interventions by doctors, nurses and other health care professionals for a particular diagnosis or procedure. Clinical pathways are developed through collaborative efforts of clinicians, case managers, nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and other allied health care professionals with the aim of improving the quality, of patient care, while minimizing cost to the patient. The use of clinical pathways has increased over the past decade in the USA, the UK, Australia, and many other developed countries. However, its use in the developing nations and Asia has been sporadic. To the author's knowledge, there is to date, no published literature on the use and impact of clinical pathways on the quality and Cost of patient care in the Asian health care setting. This paper provides a qualitative account of the development and implementation of a clinical pathway programme (using the example of patients with uncomplicated acute myocardial infarction) in an acute care general hospital in Singapore. The paper concludes that clinical pathways, when implemented in the context of an acute care hospital, can result in improvements in the care delivery process.|
|Source Title:||International Journal for Quality in Health Care|
|Appears in Collections:||Staff Publications|
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