Knowledge Artifacts as Bridges between Theory and Practice: The Clinical Pathway Case

  • Federico Cabitza
  • Carla Simone
  • Marcello Sarini
Part of the IFIP – The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 270)

This paper discusses how Clinical Pathways (CPs) are defined, used and maintained in two hospital settings. A literature review and observational study are combined to illustrate the composite nature of CPs and the different roles they play in different phases of their life-cycle, with respect to the theme of bridging medical knowledge with the related practices by which physicians deal with a specific care problem. We take the case of the CP as a paradigmatic case to stress the urgent need for an integrated approach with the computer-based support of information and knowledge management in rapidly evolving cooperative work settings.


Knowledge artifact Clinical pathway Electronic patient record Medical knowledge Hospital work 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Federico Cabitza
    • 1
  • Carla Simone
    • 1
  • Marcello Sarini
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Informatica, Sistemistica e ComunicazioneUniversità degli Studi di Milano-BicoccaItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di PsicologiaUniversità degli Studi di Milano-BicoccaItaly

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