Roles of pathway-based models and their contribution to the redesign of health-care systems


Mould G & Bowers J (2011) Roles of pathway-based models and their contribution to the redesign of health-care systems. International Journal of Care Pathways, 15 (3), pp. 90-97.;

Care pathways provide a practical analytical tool that encompasses both organizational efficiency and individual patients'care. In the UK, constructing the care pathway has been a recommended starting point for the re-design of health-caresystems. This paper examines the re-design cycle for health-care systems and looks at the role of pathway-basedmodels in the design and operation phases of the cycle. In addition, the models provide further benefits for communicatingrecommended practice and audit of care and outcomes. The models span the classic care pathway with extensions tosimulation modelling. An example of the use of care pathways in the re-design of an emergency department is used forillustration. This study shows the role of pathway models as: a tool for re-design, a catalyst for enhancing communicationand as a repository for audit information. The final role of a tool for modelling contingencies was not implemented. Fromthe example it can be concluded that sophisticated models can be useful, in some applications; however, the simplerapproaches may often be the best, offering rapid, transparent recommendations based on a multidisciplinary approach.

International Journal of Care Pathways: Volume 15, Issue 3

Publication date31/12/2011
Publication date online20/6/2011
PublisherRoyal Society of Medicine Press
Publisher URL…9faaa805bdec88c7