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Jpn J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2006 Sep;54(9):387-90.

Establishment of a clinical pathway as an effective tool to reduce hospitalization and charges after video-assisted thoracoscopic pulmonary resection.

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  • 1Department of Thoracic Oncology, Kyushu Cancer Center, Fukuoka, Japan.



The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of establishing a clinical pathway based on the length of hospitalization, hospital charges, and the outcome for video-assisted thoracoscopic pulmonary resection (VATPR).


We retrospectively analyzed consecutive patients who were diagnosed as having primary lung cancer, metastatic lung cancer, or a nodule that was suspected to be malignant and thus was operated on using VATPR during the 1-year period before (n = 105) and after (n = 113) pathway implementation.


The mean economic cost and total hospital stay before and after pathway implementation were about dollars 14439 and dollars 13093 (US), and 29.4 and 18.6 days, respectively. These figures were significantly lower after pathway implementation than before establishment of the pathway.


A clinical pathway is thus considered useful for reducing the length of total hospital stay and the costs associated with VATPR while maintaining high-quality postoperative care.

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