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Clinical pathway compliance and quality improvement


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 Details

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 Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Kinsman, L (Professor Leigh Kinsman)
ID Code:97750
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2015-01-13
Last Modified:2015-04-13

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