In spite of the COVID19 crisis, the AGING project of the department of Translational Medicine, University of Eastern Piedmont, Novara is progressing. This project is aimed to face the scientific and social challenges of aging. Researchers with different backgrounds from all over the world are brought together to answer questions about aging mechanisms and age-related diseases, to understand the personal burden and social impact of aging, and to trace new pathways to healthy aging and caring for older people. The last achievement of the project is a web site (www.agingproject.uniupo.it/en/) that is especially conceived to share the debate and the science progression in the field. Please come and have a look!
In April 2019 we announced a research partnership with Zimmer Biomet, to study hip fracture care pathways. The study protocol was recently presented.
The Clinical Audit & Quality Improvement in Healthcare conference (June 20 & 21), facilitated by the University Hospital Limerick, showcased international and local experience. Two days of interactive sessions, poster presentations, and networking.
The European Pathway Association (E-P-A) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a research partnership with Zimmer Biomet to study Hip Fracture Care Pathways.
This partnership aims to Enhance the Care of People with Fragility Hip Fractures. The E-P-A is an international not-for-profit association committed to the development, implementation and evaluation of Care Pathways. The partnership’s main purpose is to launch a benchmark study of the key aspects of hip fragility fracture care. This study will aim to provide evidence-based data and insights to better understand the care process and help improve the quality, efficiency and outcomes of care pathways for patients with fragile hip fractures through Zimmer Biomet’s Rapid Recovery™ program implemented in select hospitals.
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In September 2018, we celebrated E-P-A’s 10th anniversary with our Master Class and Round Table, shaping the future of Care Pathways. We look back at the Master Class with one of the participants, working in the pharma industry.
Care pathway implementation is not as straight forward as it seems. Two recent papers focusing on care pathways implementation process have been published. The first is a study on care pathway and hospital context; the second a protocol paper for process evaluation of care pathway implementation.
Celebrating E-P-A’s 10th anniversary and shaping the future of Care Pathways
From September 16 to 19, the 7th E-P-A master class was organized. For this edition, we returned to the venue of our first master class / summerschools, the beautiful Lago d’Orta in Italy. The content of this edition, however, was quite different.
With 25 delegates from 11 countries, there was mix of backgrounds and experiences. This was used to look back at care pathway development and implementation. Based on the experience of participants an master class facilitators, the next order of business was to look at the future. From the perspective of clinicians, managers, researchers and companies & and supportive organizations, the priorities and goals for care pathway development, implementation and research were explored over the next two days. This led to valuable discussions, showing that ‘outcomes’, improving ‘intervention fidelity’ and further refining ‘care pathway content’ are among the important goals for the future.
We are very happy with all the input, and will prepare a charter or position paper over the next weeks.
The participants shared some interesting ‘take home messages’ for their CEO’s and colleagues. Here is just a taste of it:
“Are we as institution ready to develop and implement care pathways?”
“I will do an Important-Performance-Analysis on my ward!”
“I will ask the CEO for his continued commitment to sustain care pathways.”
From September 21 – 23, E-P-A organised the International Master Class on Care Pathways and the Organisation of Care Pathways. And it was a truly international event, with 25 participants from 10 different countries!
Our colleagues from the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital are requesting E-P-A members’ help and experience:
As part of a National Health Service initiative being run here at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in the United Kingdom, we are embarking upon an exciting project to update and integrate our existing care pathways into the hospital’s IT system.
Whilst the availability of published literature on best practice in pathway development continues to grow we are also keen to hear about the experiences of fellow members.
We would be grateful and willing to hear from any colleagues who have published or developed locally implemented recommendations that they are happy to share. Our team are especially keen to hear about new ideas for:
- Investigating new methodologies for designing clinical pathways
- Using care pathways to promote patient centred care within the hospital
- Enhancing the role of information technology in the use of clinical pathways
We will look forward to hearing from any members who may be able to help and will look forward to sharing our experiences in the future.
Dr Matthew Neame, Clinical Fellow Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Clinical Pathway Project, firstname.lastname@example.org