At Cook Children's, clinical pathways serve as invaluable resources for healthcare providers, offering guidance on managing diverse patient populations and various clinical conditions. These pathways aim to enhance the quality of care by promoting standardized management approaches derived from a comprehensive evaluation of available evidence and local expertise. The development of these pathways involves a meticulous process led by individual clinical champions, working in collaboration with the Cook Children's Clinical Excellence Committee (CEC).
Our clinical pathways are rigorously built upon the latest medical evidence and are intended as a reference for practitioners. However, they are designed to be adaptable to each unique patient encounter, incorporating the practitioner's professional judgment, individual circumstances, the needs of patients and families, and the resources available at the specific healthcare institution where the child is receiving care.
The potential of clinical pathways goes beyond their role as reference documents. They can serve as the foundation for quality improvement initiatives, offering process maps that, when coupled with metrics, enable the monitoring of patient care's effectiveness and efficiency. Cook Children's clinical pathways are continuously adapted to incorporate new evidence and insights from measurements, making them pivotal in bridging the gap between existing evidence and real-time clinical decision-making.
Evidence-based care for every child
The following clinical pathways help us provide the best evidence-based care for every child. As information and research regarding equitable care and health disparities evolve in pediatrics, Cook Children’s clinical pathways will continue to evolve, as well. As part of our system's commitment to health equity, clinical pathways are being updated as new information becomes available. In the interim, users are encouraged to conduct an independent review of clinical pathways prior to use.
Accuracy and comprehensiveness
These clinical pathways are not meant to replace medical advice or treatment, nor do they establish a doctor-patient relationship between Cook Children's and the patients they pertain to. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and comprehensiveness of the published clinical pathways, it's acknowledged that they may not encompass every possible scenario or medical situation. As such, Cook Children's assumes no responsibility for any errors or omissions in the pathways or for any outcomes resulting from their use by healthcare providers.
Questions and comments
Please feel free to bring forward any questions to our Clinical Pathways team at email@example.com.