About Care Pathways

Our Definitions

Clinical Guideline

Comprehensive, “state-of-the-science” document created by professional societies. Doesn’t address specific clinical processes/personnel needed to implement the guidelines or specific “measures of success”.

Care Pathways

Penn State Health systemwide clinical recommendations and decision algorithms, based on professional society guidelines.

  • User-friendly reference for daily clinical care, in conjunction with clinical judgment.
  • Identifies clinical measures that track whether a population is receiving evidence-based care.

Clinical Protocol

Specific processes to a practice site that allow clinical staff to implement a Care Pathway and/or execute a defined set of orders.