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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 351-363
Knowledge translation through clinical pathways: Principles for practical development and successful use

Knowledge Translation Committee, Division of Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Imad S Hassan
Chairman, Knowledge Translation Committee, Department of Medicine 1443, King Abdulaziz Medical City, King Fahad National Guard Hospital, PO Box 22490, Riyadh 11426
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1319-2442.109603

PMID: 23538364

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Proper implementation of guidelines is clearly associated with better medical outcomes. Success of guidelines' implementation depends on the tools used to accomplish it. Clinical pathways, also known as Integrated Care Pathways, represent one such tool that clearly promotes the implementation of guidelines and research evidence into clinical practice. They also encourage multidisciplinary teamwork, help in staff education, and aid in clinical research and audit. Additionally, they help in cutting hospital care costs. Important steps for a successful pathway development and implementation include getting leadership support, involving relevant people, selecting the right area of practice, using multiple implementation strategies and regularly assessing and monitoring pathway implementation.

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