Representation of clinical practice guidelines for computer-based implementations

Dongwen Wang, Mor Peleg, Samson W. Tu, Edward H. Shortliffe, Robert A. Greenes

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Representation of clinical practice guidelines is a critical issue for computer-based guideline development, implementation and evaluation. We studied eight types of computer-based guideline representation models. Typical primitives for these models include decisions, actions, patient states and execution states. Temporal constraints and nesting are important aspects of guideline structure representation. Integration of guidelines with electronic medical records can be facilitated by the introduction of formal models of patient data. Patient states and execution states are closely related to one another. Data collection, decision, patient state and intervention are four basic steps in a guideline's logic flow.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMEDINFO 2001 - Proceedings of the 10th World Congress on Medical Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages5
EditionPt 1
ISBN (Print)1586031945, 9781586031947
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes
Event10th World Congress on Medical Informatics, MEDINFO 2001 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Sep 20055 Sep 2005

Publication series

NameMedinfo. MEDINFO
PublisherIOS Press BV


Conference10th World Congress on Medical Informatics, MEDINFO 2001
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • Knowledge Representation
  • Theoretical Models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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