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Care pathways for the organization of patients' care

Massimiliano Panella
  • Department of Traslational Medicine, University of Eastern Piedmont "A. Avogadro", Novara, Italy
  • European Pathway Association, Leuven, Belgium
/ Ruben Van Zelm
  • European Pathway Association, Leuven, Belgium
  • Q-Consult, Arnhem, The Netherlands
/ Walter Sermeus
  • European Pathway Association, Leuven, Belgium
  • Centre for Health Services and Nursing Research, Faculty of Medicine, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium
/ Kris Vanhaecht
  • European Pathway Association, Leuven, Belgium
  • Centre for Health Services and Nursing Research, Faculty of Medicine, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium
Published Online: 2012-08-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10221-011-0026-z

Care pathways for the organization of patients' care

Care pathways, also known as clinical pathways, critical pathways or integrated care pathways, are used all over the world. Although they are used internationally, numerous misunderstandings still surround them. The goal of this paper is to provide an overview of the history of these pathways, of care pathway development, the effectiveness of care pathways, and of some of the challenges facing current healthcare.

Pathways are more than just a document in the patient record. They are a concept for making patient-focused care operational, and for supporting patient group modelling with different levels of predictability. Care pathways are a method within the field of continuous quality improvement and are used in daily practice as a product in the patient record. This paper explains these different issues.

Poti nege za organizacijo nege bolnikov

Poti nege, ki jih imenujemo tudi klinične poti, kritične poti ali integrirane klinične poti, se uporabljajo po vsem svetu. Čeprav je njihova uporaba mednarodno zelo razširjena, pa koncept poti nege še vedno spremljajo številni nesporazumi. V prispevku podajamo zgodovinski pregled poti nege, njihov razvoj in učinkovitost ter nekatere izzive zdravstvenega varstva danes.

Poti niso le dokument v bolnikovem zdravstvenem kartonu, ampak mnogo več. Gre za koncept nege, ki je ciljno usmerjena k bolniku. Hkrati pa tudi pomembno podpira postopke modeliranja skupin bolnikov z različnimi stopnjami predvidljivosti. Poti nege so ena od metod, s katerimi nenehno izboljšujemo kakovost zdravstvenih storitev, v vsakodnevni praksi pa se odražajo v bolnikovem zdravstvenem kartonu. V prispevku opisujemo različne vidike koncepta poti nege.

Keywords: patient care; patient safety; organization; clinical pathways

Keywords: nega bolnikov; varnost bolnikov; organizacija; klinične poti

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