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How was PATH developed?


The Performance Assessment Tool for Quality Improvement in Hospitals (PATH) was initiated by the WHO Regional Office for Europe in 2003. The PATH system was created by a group of international experts based on an extensive literature review  and a survey of the importance, usefulness and data availability of potential indicators in 20 European countries. The PATH prototype was pilot tested by 66 hospitals in 5 different countries between February 2004 and March 2006: 4 countries in the European region (Belgium, Denmark, France, Slovakia) and 2 countries outside the region (South Africa/Kwazulu-Natal and Canada/Ontario). Using the experience of Country Coordinators and hospitals, PATH launched a second wave of data collection with a slightly revised indicator set, starting in 2006. Thus in PATH II, 140 hospitals from 9 different countries committed themselves to change for improvement, collected data on 17 indicators and shared experience with other hospitals.



Scientific presentation of the PATH system was published at the International Journal for Quality in Health Care.