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action plan, clinical pathway implementation, evaluation, research plan



  1. Edick, Victoria W. MBA, MA
  2. Whipple, Thomas W. PhD


Clinical pathway development has been an ongoing process at most hospitals for the past decade. Early articles described the development process and the implementation problems encountered. Articles that are more recent have described standard implementation procedures. Discussions of staff educational requirements, organizational structure and responsibilities, the action plan, and the evaluation process are less common. This article describes a complete practical application of clinical pathway development, implementation, and evaluation, with emphasis on organizational and research issues not typically addressed in the literature.