Evaluation of HealthPathways is a complex undertaking due to the variety of processes and groups involved in the medical setting. HealthPathways impacts different groups in different ways i.e., impact on patients, funders, managers, GPs, hospital clinicians etc. Due to the multitude of variables in health systems quantifying the attribution of HealthPathways is difficult. Benefit varies depending on how functional the health system is at baseline and how much effort is put into implementation.
There are always two interconnected strands to evaluating the impact of a HealthPathways project. You are evaluating Whole of System Change and Engagement with the Local HealthPathways Website.
Whole of System Change
Use a variety of metrics at a system level to gauge and analyse the whole of system change impact of your HealthPathways site. Examples of metrics include: