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Patient Pathways

Saskatchewan health regions, health care providers and the Ministry of Health have developed patient pathways to improve the assessment and treatment of the medical conditions listed below. These pathways use best practices to provide you with the most appropriate care or the necessary information to help you determine which care option is right for you.  They can streamline each step of the patient journey – from the time you see your primary health care provider until you have completed your treatment.

In many cases, visiting a multi-disciplinary clinic can help reduce the number of pre-surgery appointments you attend as you have the opportunity to access a range of services under one roof.

Hip and Knee Assessment and Treatment
If you are considering total hip or knee replacement surgery, we have a streamlined process expected to shorten your wait times and improve patient and family centred care.

Spine Assessment and Treatment
If you experience low back pain, the spine pathway improves the assessment and management of low back pain by family doctors and other health care providers. If you require surgical consultation the pathway is expected to shorten your wait times for specialist referrals.

Prostate Assessment
Men may be referred to the Prostate Assessment Pathway for assessment and possible diagnosis of prostate cancer.  In addition to diagnostic testing, prostate assessment centres in Regina and Saskatoon offer information and support in making decisions.

Bariatric Surgery
Not a formal patient pathway, the bariatric program offers a six-month program of assessment, education and support to those struggling with obesity. The program is available through the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region.

Pelvic Floor Assessment and Treatment
There are options available to women coping with urinary incontinence (leaking of urine) or vaginal prolapse (pressure or visible bulge of tissue at the opening of the vagina). Find out more about what can be done to improve or eliminate problems related to these conditions.

Acute Stroke Pathway
Learn the signs of a stroke, so you can recognize what’s happening  and will know what to do. The pathway helps patients get the best care possible in the first hours after a stroke occurs.

Lower Extremity Wound Pathway
To improve care, protocols are being developed to standardize care for venous and arterial leg wounds and diabetic foot ulcers.

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