Implementation and Evaluation of Stroke Clinical Pathways and the Impact on Cost of Stroke Care

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Saint Luke's Hospital is a 642-bed urban, tertiary, teaching hospital in metropolitan Kansas City, Missouri. In 1992, Saint Luke's developed a "Collaborative Care" program supported by tools such as clinical paths as a means to assure quality stroke care and to continually improve outcomes. This article describes the development of a comprehensive Collaborative Care Program for stroke patients, highlights the development of a dedicated stroke unit, and stroke clinical path, and describes the clinical and fiscal outcomes from these efforts.

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