Coordinating The Continuum Of CareCritical Pathways as an Essential Part of a Disease Management ProgramRohrbach, Jeffrey I. RN BSNAuthor Information Candidate for an MSN in nursing and health care administration; University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The author would like to acknowledge the helpful support and comments of the following people: Dr. Cynthia Scalzi, Diane Graff, Margaret Weston, Patricia Wallace, Phyllis Gatto, and Mary Alice Musser. Journal of Nursing Care Quality: October 1999 - Volume 14 - Issue 1 - p 11-15 Buy Abstract Disease management is becoming a common tool utilized by health systems for managing patients with chronic diseases. Part of the success of disease management can be attributed to the use of critical pathways. Critical pathways are the tools that prompt decisions to be made based on clinical practice guidelines. In addition to allowing nursing case managers to have significant input into patient treatment decisions, critical pathways assist disease management programs in realizing significant cost savings as well as assisting in outcomes management activities. Copyright © 1999 by Aspen Publishers, Inc.