A Care Pathway is a practical summary, including an algorithm, of evidence informed guidelines or the best evidence, for an aspect of care/services for individuals with childhood-onset disabilities to inform clinical practice.
See current care pathways listed below:
Section I: Evidence Summary (Care Pathway)
A ‘bottom line’ summary (2 page maximum) providing key information to the health professional on a specified health condition. This is paired with an ‘Algorithm’ outlining a logical path from assessment to treatment. The ‘Algorithm’ is color-coded with the level of treatment evidence:
|Green = Effective||Purple = Recommended by clinical expert opinion|
|Yellow = Probably/possibly effective||Red = Not effective|
Section II: Published Evidence
Links to peer-reviewed published evidence (systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines) informing the ‘Care Pathway’
Section III: Practical Tools
Links to helpful practical tools and information for health professionals on the designated ‘Care Pathway’ health condition (e.g. plain language summary, parent handout)
If you are interested in developing a future AACPDM Care Pathway or would like to learn more about the recommended processes for developing a Care Pathway, including those involved in developing a systematic review, please go to the Instructions for AACPDM Care Pathway Development 2020 Edition. The document describes the Phases of Care Pathway development and details the required methodology, tools ,and procedures. The Instructions have a companion document, the GDC-CP, which is a checklist used by Care Pathway teams for detailed guidance and documentation of all steps in the development process.
The new methodology for Care Pathway development (as described in the Instructions for AACPDM Care Pathways Development 2020 Edition) is being developed for adoption. If you are interested in developing a Care Pathway, please contact the Care Pathways Committee for further information on how to submit of letter of interest.