Is there a future for pathways? Five pieces of the puzzle

@article{Vanhaecht2009IsTA,
  title={Is there a future for pathways? Five pieces of the puzzle},
  author={Kris Vanhaecht and Massimiliano Panella and Ruben van Zelm and Walter Sermeus},
  journal={International Journal of Care Pathways},
  year={2009},
  volume={13},
  pages={82 - 86}
}
In this discussion and opinion paper, the Bureau members of the European Pathway Association present five challenges for the future of care pathways. Pathways will have to be based on the latest available evidence and international databases, and tools will have to be available. If pathways have a future, the organisations should focus on disease-specific oriented care. Evidence-based pathways, which are organised in a disease-specific oriented organisation, can lead to improvement of quality… 

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