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OP103 Incorporating Health Technology Assessment In The Development Of A Clinical Care Pathway

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  31 December 2019

Abstract

Introduction

Clinical care pathways (CPWs) provide a step-wise multidisciplinary care plan for patients with a particular health condition. Their aim is to optimize patient outcomes and organization of care by supporting evidence-based practice. It therefore seems inevitable that health technology assessment (HTA) should be incorporated within the development process of a CPW. As CPWs become increasingly utilized, there is a need to understand the added value and strategies to integrating HTA in the development of a CPW.

Methods

Through a case study of an HTA on treatments for chronic low back pain requested as part of the development of a CPW for chronic musculoskeletal pain, we demonstrated the three key strategies to include HTA in CPWs described by Rehaluk 2016 and added a fourth one. We then showed how these strategies contribute to the development of a CPW which answers the quality criteria outlined by the Cochrane Effective Practice of Care group through a strength, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats analysis.

Results

We confirmed four key strategies to including HTA in CPWs (organizational positioning of the HTA unit, partnership and communication with stakeholders, tailoring the integration of contextual data with evidence from the literature, explore tools to facilitate the use of HTA findings). The inclusion of HTA through these strategies contributes to the development of a CPW which meets the ten criteria to evaluate the quality of a CPW outlined by the Cochrane Effective Practice of Care group. Through a strength, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats analysis, we describe how each of the criteria were met and how this led to recommendations influencing our regional organization of care.

Conclusions

The inclusion of HTA in CPW development increases its capacity to directly influence organization of care. HTA can represent a pivotal vehicle to ensure good quality CPWs.

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