Pathways for Head and Neck Surgery: A Patient-Education Tool

Linda K. Clarke

head and neck cancer, head and neck surgery
CJON 2007, 6(2), 78-82. DOI: 10.1188/02.CJON.78-82

Surgical treatment for head and neck cancer includes a variety of complex operative procedures. Patients scheduled for these operations often are presented with overwhelming amounts of information. Even after participating in the multi-disciplinary, preoperative teaching process, they may be unable to fully comprehend the treatment plan. Pathways for head and neck surgery were designed to facilitate the patient-and family-education process and assist the patient in navigating through the surgical experience. This article discusses head and neck surgery pathway development, implementation, and outcome evaluation.

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