Creating and adapting an infection management care pathway in pediatric oncology

Deborah Tomlinson, Paula D. Robinson, Paul Gibson, Melissa Beauchemin, Allison Grimes, Grace Dadzie, Mark Mairs, Erin Plenert, Emily Vettese, Stephanie Cox, L. Lee Dupuis, Lillian Sung

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Abstract

Purpose: While care pathways based upon clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are important, little is known about optimal approaches to development and adaptation in pediatric oncology. Objectives were to develop care pathway templates for pediatric cancer supportive care that are based upon CPGs and to adapt an infection management care pathway for use at a single institution. Methods: Study phases were as follows: (1) creation of care pathway templates across multiple supportive care topics; (2) refinement of the infection management care pathway template by interviewing pediatric oncology clinicians at a single institution; and (3) adaptation of the infection management care pathway template for use at a different institution. Results: Informed by seven CPGs, an initial iteration of the infection management care pathway template was created. This template was then refined based upon 20 interviews with pediatric oncology clinicians. Adaptation of the infection management care pathway template for use at a different institution required many changes to improve its clinical usability. Specificity and additional information not considered by the source CPGs were incorporated. Conclusion: We developed a process to create care pathway templates across multiple supportive care topics in pediatric oncology and to refine and adapt the infection management care pathway. While we found that the process was feasible, we also identified the need to substantially modify the care pathway during the adaptation process to consider scenarios not addressed by the source CPGs. Future work should measure implementation success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7923-7934
Number of pages12
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Volume30
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2022

Keywords

  • Care pathways
  • Clinical practice guidelines
  • Pediatric cancer
  • Supportive care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology

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