Shirley H. Lee, CRNP-FNP, MPH, presented “Developing Clinical Pathways to Improve Management and Outcomes in Women’s Health” during the 30th Annual Perspectives in Urology: Point-Counterpoint, on March 10, 2023, at Humphreys Half Moon Inn, San Diego, California.

How to cite: Lee, Shirley H. “Developing Clinical Pathways to Improve Management and Outcomes in Women’s Health.” March 10, 2023. Accessed May 2024.

Developing Clinical Pathways to Improve Management and Outcomes in Women’s Health​ – Summary

Shirley H. Lee, CRNP-FNP, MPH, discusses developing clinical pathways to improve management and outcomes in women’s health, defining clinical pathways as the translation of complicated algorithms into efficient clinical workflows. Lee then explains the many treatment options for overactive bladder (OAB) for female patients, stating that 80 percent of patients are unsatisfied with their medication at six months, and asserting that clinicians must do a better job at successfully moving patients through the clinical pathway. 

She then breaks the OAB clinical pathway into levels based on the invasiveness of treatment, and points out the importance of diagnostics between each of these levels in effectively tailoring treatment to individual patients. Lee explains that the clinical pathways can standardize care, leave fewer data gaps, and allow for earlier detection of treatment efficacy. 

She then delves into a case study to illustrate the importance of a guided survey chart review whereby the navigator conducts an OAB symptom survey, instructs the patient on a voiding diary, and discusses OAB treatment options and follow-up. Lee explains the steps involved in executing clinical pathways for female patients, including establishing patient outcomes, ensuring that care pathways align with goals for those patient outcomes, and streamlining the workflow for all involved.


About the 30th Annual Perspectives in Urology: Point Counterpoint conference: Presented by Program Chair and Grand Rounds in Urology Editor-in-Chief E. David Crawford, MD, this conference brought together leading experts in urology, medical oncology, and radiation oncology to discuss and debate the latest topics in genitourinary cancers, primarily prostate cancer and bladder cancer. This interactive conference offered topical lectures, pro/con debates, interesting-case presentations, interactive panel discussions, and interactive audience and faculty networking.