HYBRID EVENT: You can participate in person at Paris, France or Virtually from your home or work.

3rd Edition of International Heart Congress

June 05-07,2025 | Hybrid Event

June 05 -07, 2025 | Rome, Italy
Heart Congress 2024

Standardization of cardiovascular care using clinical pathways – a practical approach to implementing clinical guidelines and evidence-based medicine

Corey Tabit , Speaker at Heart Conferences
University of Chicago, United States
Title : Standardization of cardiovascular care using clinical pathways – a practical approach to implementing clinical guidelines and evidence-based medicine


While cardiovascular disease remains the most common cause of death worldwide, clinical approaches to the management of common cardiovascular conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, and atrial fibrillation vary widely from institution to institution and from provider to provider.  Despite the existence of widely-published multi-society guidelines for many cardiovascular conditions, initial diagnostic workup, medical therapy, timing of referral for procedures, and other pivotal decisions in the care continuum are often guided more by provider habit and practice inertia rather than the most recent available evidence, leading to variation in clinical outcomes.  Standardization of these and other care processes related to the workup and treatment of cardiovascular conditions leads to more reproducible outcomes and overall improvement in patients' symptoms and quality of life.  However, distilling the large volume of available evidence and guidelines into practical care algorithms which providers can use to guide care in the real world can be a daunting task.  Clinical pathways are a powerful tool for standardizing care processes and guiding providers toward the most evidence-based approaches to common conditions.  In this lecture, we will discuss a practical approach to building clinical pathways for the management of common cardiovascular conditions in the inpatient and outpatient settings including our approach to weighing available evidence, building provider consensus, designing and refining the pathways, initial pathway launch, sustaining the change, measuring success, and updating the pathways as new evidence emerges.  This discussion will draw heavily from our 10 years of experience building clinical pathways at the University of Chicago with special focus on generalizable points that can be applied to attendees’ home institutions.

Audience Take Away

By the end of this discussion, attendees will:

  • Understand how practice variation affects clinical outcomes
  • Understand common factors leading to practice variation
  • Understand how clinical pathways can be used to standardize practice
  • Understand the process by which clinical pathways can be constructed and refined

Understand common pitfalls and barriers to pathway usage and how to address them


Dr. Tabit earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA), and completed his Internal Medicine residency and Vascular Medicine fellowship at Boston University Medical Center (Boston, Massachusetts, USA). He completed fellowship training in Cardiovascular Medicine at The University of Chicago Medical Center (Chicago, Illinois, USA). Dr. Tabit also holds a PhD in Molecular Pathology from The University of Chicago, an MBA in Finance and Health Sector Management from Boston University School of Management, and an MPH in Epidemiology and Health Policy from Boston University School of Public Health. He serves as the Director of Quality and Director of Cardiovascular Data Sciences for the Heart and Vascular Center at the University of Chicago where his research interests include healthcare delivery science, process standardization, and the effects of social determinants of health on cardiovascular outcomes.