Kinsman, L, Clinical pathway compliance and quality improvement, Nursing Standard: promoting excellence in nursing care, 18, (18) pp. 33-35. ISSN 0029-6570 (2004) [Refereed Article]
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Background: Clinical pathways have been developed to guide evidence-based practice in health care. The documented use of a clinical pathway by clinicians can be measured by chart audit and used effectively as part of the quality improvement process. The application of a rigorous process of collecting data for quality improvement adds further evidence to the quality improvement process. This article describes a chart audit methodology developed and implemented to measure documented compliance with a myocardial infarction clinical pathway used in an acute hospital.
Conclusion: The results informed a quality improvement process where documented use of the clinical pathway increased from 23 per cent to 58 per cent (p=0.000). The chart audit methodology described was a key component in this successful quality improvement initiative.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||Clinical pathways, quality assurance, evidence based practice|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Health services and systems|
|Research Field:||Health care administration|
|Objective Group:||Provision of health and support services|
|UTAS Author:||Kinsman, L (Professor Leigh Kinsman)|
|Deposited By:||Health Sciences B|
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