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The experience of conducting a Cochrane systematic review of the impact of clinical pathways on professional practice, patient outcomes, length of stay and hospital costs

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Rotter, T and Kinsman, L and James, E and Machotta, A and Gothe, H and Kugler, J, The experience of conducting a Cochrane systematic review of the impact of clinical pathways on professional practice, patient outcomes, length of stay and hospital costs, International Journal of Care Pathways, 13, (2) pp. 62-66. ISSN 2040-4026 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2009 SAGE Publications

DOI: doi:10.1258/jicp.2009.009009

Abstract

Despite the high prevalence of clinical pathways (CPWs), the results from published studies are inconsistent and contradictory. The plethora of study designs, settings and lack of an agreed definition of a CPW make the relevance of individual studies difficult to apply to clinical settings. It was timely to catalogue and analyse the existing evidence base for CPWs via a rigorous systematic review. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses provide a high level of evidence for the effectiveness of interventions and are commonly employed reviewing strategies for addressing scientific questions in health-related research. This method is especially useful when research results are known to be inconsistent. Instead of conducting another primary evaluation, a detailed review is needed that reflects a summation of available research. This paper reports and discusses methodological and technical issues of a systematic review of the effectiveness of CPWs in hospitals, based on our experience with the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Group.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cochrane review; clinical pathways; professional practice
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Health Care Administration
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Nursing
Author:Kinsman, L (Professor Leigh Kinsman)
ID Code:97790
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2015-01-13
Last Modified:2015-04-13
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