We have presented a conceptual approach toward developing clinical protocols and critical pathways in a complex multidisciplinary environment with a commitment to clinical excellence, evidence-based practice methodology, and education. The process and the mood surrounding these have been more important in our view than any particular protocol or pathway. They have generated an attitude aiming toward avoidance of complications rather than crisis management. They have contributed to a philosophy of integrative multidisciplinary collaborations among various specialists, house staff, and nursing and paramedical personnel and a greater mutual sensitivity in interactions with medical center management and administration. The overall impact of this global approach has been quantifiable (Fig. 6), although the role(s) of one or more facets of it cannot be independently defined (21, 22). Protocols and clinical pathways should be viewed as components of total quality management. They should not be allowed to restrict the patient's or physician's choice of interventions, they should not inhibit in any way innovation or the introduction of novel methodologies. Yet, protocols and critical pathways should and do generate a pressure on every member of the health-care team, a sense of negative entropy constantly urging a move toward a higher level of excellence and quality.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||15|
|State||Published - 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology