Interactive Media Systems, TU Vienna

A Meta Schema for Evidence Information in Clinical Practice Guidelines as a Basis for Decision-Making

By Katharina Kaiser, Silvia Miksch, Patrick Martini, and Alime Öztürk

Abstract

Clinical practice guidelines are an important instrument to aid physicians during medical diagnosis and treatment. Currently, different guideline developing organizations try to define and integrate evidence information into such guidelines. However, the coding schemas and taxonomies used for the evidence information differ widely, which makes the use cumbersome and demanding. We explored these various schemas and developed a meta schema for the evidence information, which covers the most important components of the existing ones, is comprehensible, and easy to understand for the users. We developed and assessed the usefulness and applicability of our meta schema with guideline developers and physicians.

Reference

K. Kaiser, S. Miksch, P. Martini, A. Öztürk: "A Meta Schema for Evidence Information in Clinical Practice Guidelines as a Basis for Decision-Making"; Talk: MedInfo 2007, Brisbane, Australien; 08-20-2007 - 08-24-2007; in: "12th World Congress on Health (Medical) Informatics (Medinfo'2007)", K. Kuhn, J. Warren, T. Leong (ed.); IOS Press, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, Volume 129 (2007), ISBN: 978-1-58603-774-1; 925 - 929.

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