Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1093/intqhc/12.5.403
Title: Development and implementation of a clinical pathway programme in an acute care general hospital in Singapore
Authors: Cheah, J. 
Keywords: Care processes
Cost-effectiveness
Quality of care
Variances
Issue Date: 2000
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
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/129523
ISSN: 13534505
DOI: 10.1093/intqhc/12.5.403
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