Children's Hospital Colorado

Clinical Pathways

What are Clinical Pathways?

Clinical pathways assist clinicians in standardizing the evaluation, diagnosis, and care of patients with specific conditions, with the goal of achieving optimal outcomes. They translate national guidelines and the best available evidence for clinical application into local context. Clinical pathways are used to inform decision-making at the point of care, to train new clinicians on evidence-based practice, and to support continuous improvement. 1

Clinical improvement teams (CITs) include providers, nurses, pharmacists, community based primary care providers and specialists, and parents/caregivers involved in the care of patients with a specific condition. These multidisciplinary teams ensure a comprehensive approach to clinical pathway development.

Clinical pathways are reviewed and updated on a regular basis to encourage continuous improvement and to align with the best available evidence.

If you are interested in learning more about clinical pathways, please contact Liz Ficco or Elise Rolison.

  1. Rotter T, Kinsman L, James EL, et al. Clinical pathways: effects on professional practice, patient outcomes, length of stay and hospital costs. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2010(3). DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006632.pub2.

Clinical Pathways

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Opioid Prescribing Practices

January 25, 2019
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Seizure, New Onset

January 18, 2019

Spinal Fusion, High Risk

January 18, 2019

Spinal Fusion, Low Risk

January 18, 2019

Status Epilepticus

January 16, 2019
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Undescended Testicle

November 27, 2017

Urolithiasis

October 06, 2017
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Are there other clinical pathways that would be helpful to you in your practice? If so, let us know.

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