Critical paths : an evaluation of selected outcomes in two groups of surgical patients
AuthorBohnenkamp, Susan Kay
KeywordsPatient-Centered-Care -- organization & administration.
Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care)
Length of Stay.
AdvisorKnight, Margaret A.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of critical paths related to patient outcomes. A sample of 53 surgical patients admitted for a radical retropubic prostatectomy (RRP) or colostomy placement (CP) provided the convenience sample for the study. The five patient outcomes evaluated included length of stay (LOS), bowel elimination, pain medication, nutrition, and mobility. A retrospective descriptive design was used for this study. Data were analyzed by descriptive and correlation techniques. The critical paths were used significantly more with the RRP subjects than the CP subjects. The RRP subjects had a shorter LOS, converted to oral pain medication sooner, converted to a regular diet sooner, and walked farther on discharge than the CP subjects.
Degree ProgramGraduate College