Improvement of medical care quality after implementation of a clinical path monitoring program for transurethral prostatectomy patients

P. L. Chang, S. T. Huang, T. M. Wang, M. L. Hsieh, K. H. Tsui

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Objectives: The purpose of this study was to determine the effect on quality of care through the implementation of a clinical path for patients receiving transurethral prostatectomy. Methods: We selected ten quality indictors with important clinical relevance as representative elements of the clinical path. These quality indicators were monitored during the entire hospitalization period of 100 consecutive patients who received transurethral prostatectomy. Monitoring data obtained from these patients were compared to data from 100 patients who received transurethral prostatectomy prior to implementation of the clinical path. Data was assessed to determine the relationship between quality indicators and management processes. Results: Implementation of the clinical path for transurethral prostatectomy significantly decreased the percent of patients with incomplete preoperative tests on admission day, the duration of intravenous antibiotics and administration, the percent of patients who required acute pain management postoperatively, the percent of patients who received postoperative bladder irrigation with normal saline and the percent of patients who had their Foley catheter removed after postoperative day 2. Three of the quality indicators had a significant relationship with management processes and may have directly affected the total admission charges. Conclusions: To evaluate the effect of the transurethral prostatectomy clinical path implementation on the quality of medical care, we compared ten quality indicators before and after implementation of this path. We concluded that implementation of the clinical path resulted in a statistically significant improvement in the quality of medical care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-528
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Urology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Clinical path
  • Health care
  • Prostate
  • Prostatectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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