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Knowledge-based clinical pathway for medical quality improvement

Yang, H., Li, W. ORCID:, Liu, K. and Zhang, J. (2012) Knowledge-based clinical pathway for medical quality improvement. Information Systems Frontiers, 14 (1). pp. 105-117. ISSN 1572-9419

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Clinical pathways have been adopted for various diseases in clinical departments for quality improvement as a result of standardization of medical activities in treatment process. Using knowledge-based decision support on the basis of clinical pathways is a promising strategy to improve medical quality effectively. However, the clinical pathway knowledge has not been fully integrated into treatment process and thus cannot provide comprehensive support to the actual work practice. Therefore this paper proposes a knowledgebased clinical pathway management method which contributes to make use of clinical knowledge to support and optimize medical practice. We have developed a knowledgebased clinical pathway management system to demonstrate how the clinical pathway knowledge comprehensively supports the treatment process. The experiences from the use of this system show that the treatment quality can be effectively improved by the extracted and classified clinical pathway knowledge, seamless integration of patient-specific clinical pathway recommendations with medical tasks and the evaluating pathway deviations for optimization.

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Divisions:Henley Business School > Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
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