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Paediatric Orthopaedic Pathways
Paediatric Orthopaedic Pathways

About the SickKids Paediatric Orthopaedic Pathways

The SickKids Paediatric Orthopaedic Pathways (SKPOPs) are user-friendly clinical pathways that are systematically developed, and where possible, evidence-based. These pathways have been developed in collaboration with the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. The SKPOPs aim to assist primary-care physicians, emergency room physicians and orthopaedic surgeons in making decisions about appropriate and effective care for their patients.

The SKPOPs do not dictate care, nor do they replace a practitioner’s experience or knowledge. Rather, the SKPOPs complement a practitioner’s clinical judgment and understanding of each patient’s unique needs and preferences. 

The SKPOPs do not provide the answers to every clinical question, nor guarantee a successful outcome in every case. The ultimate decision about a particular treatment plan or clinical procedure will always depend on each individual patient’s condition, circumstances and wishes, and the clinical judgment of the healthcare team.