About Clinical Pathways

Clinical pathways — also sometimes referred to as care pathways, critical pathways, integrated care pathways or care maps — are one of the main tools used to manage quality in health care through standardization of care processes. It has been shown that their implementation reduces the variability in clinical practice and improves outcomes. Clinical pathways promote organized, efficient patient care based on evidence-based practice. Clinical pathways optimize outcomes in the acute-care and home-care settings.

At Christiana Care Health System, our clinical pathways focus on reducing unnecessary variations in care and improving value. These pathways address medical and interdisciplinary care across the continuum to fully engage patients and their families.

The growing library of clinical pathways on this website is intended to support evidence-based care across the continuum for a variety of diseases and conditions. To learn more about clinical pathways, see the article Clinical pathways promise to make great care even better.

As new pathways are developed and existing pathways are updated, messages will be posted here in the Announcements section highlighting the latest changes. You may subscribe to updates here if you use an RSS news aggregator such as Apple News or Flipboard.