Improvement of practice performance in urological surgery via clinical pathway implementation

P. L. Chang, S. H. Lee, M. L. Hsieh, S. T. Huang, K. H. Tsui, R. H. Lai

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The purpose of this study was to compare performance measurements to evaluate the effects of clinical pathway implementation on improving practice performances in urology. Since April 1997, a total of 18 clinical pathways have been created in the urology department. Of these clinical pathways, six were implemented for endoscopic surgery, and four and eight were for minor and major surgery, respectively. Eight prominent performance measurements, which were identified as representative indicators of the practice performances, were selected in endoscopic surgery, five in minor surgery, and 11 in major surgery. Between April 1997 and March 1999, 2,883 consecutive patients, who underwent endoscopic surgery, minor surgery, and major surgery, were evaluated herein. The treatment results for patients in the first and second years of clinical pathway implementation were compared to those from the year preceding the implementation. In endoscopic surgery, five of the eight performance measurements improved significantly in the first year of implementation. Notably, three of the five improved performances continued to improve in the second year. Similarly, in minor surgery, four of the five performance measurements improved significantly following 2 years. Finally, in major urological surgery, six of the 11 performance measurements also improved significantly after 1 year; four of which continued to improve during the second year. Therefore, we conclude that patient care, which is based on the implementation of clinical pathways, can improve practice performances and facilitate medical care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-218
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Journal of Urology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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