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Patient involvement in clinical pathway development, evaluation, and improvement

Hartman, E.D. (2019) Patient involvement in clinical pathway development, evaluation, and improvement.

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Abstract:The increasing recognition of the value of listening to- and making decisions with- patients becomes more visible. It is however unknown whether the value is recognized in the development, evaluation and improvement of clinical pathways although various pathway development methods recognize patients as stakeholder in various degrees. A literature study and a survey, which was sent to 54 members of the organisation of European cancer institutes, were used to analyse whether and how patients are involved in the development, evaluation, and improvement of clinical pathways. In addition, motives for (not) involving patients in the development, evaluation, and improvement and whether and how results were linked back were evaluated in the survey. The most frequently reported methods for patient involvement in the development, improvement and evaluation of clinical pathways, in both literature and by cancer institutes, are focus groups, interviews, PROM’s, surveys and indicators, of which the last is only frequently reported in literature. The large difference in percentage of articles that reported patient involvement and percentage of cancer centres that did report patient involvement may indicate underreporting of patient involvement in scientific articles.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Rijnstate ziekenhuis, Arnhem, the Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:44 medicine, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Health Sciences MSc (66851)
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