A. Seyfang, S. Miksch, M. Marcos:
"Combining Diagnosis and Treatment using Asbru";
International Journal of Medical Informatics,
Traditionally, diagnosis and treatment have been seen as two
distinct tasks. Consequently, most approaches to computer
supported health care focus on one of the two - mostly on
diagnosis or rather on the interpretation of measurements which
is much better understood and formalized. However, in practice
diagnosis and treatment overlap and influence each other in many
ways. Combinations range from repeatedly going through the
diagnosis-treatment loop over a period of time to permanent
monitoring of the patients' health condition as it is done in
intensive care units.
In this article we describe how to model these combinations
using the clinical protocol-representation language Asbru. It
implements treatment steps in a hierarchy of skeletal, time-oriented
plans. Diagnosis can either be described in a
declarative way in the conditions, under which treatment steps
are taken or it can be modelled explicitly as plans of their own
right. We demonstrate our approach using examples taken from the
American Association of Paediatricians' guideline for the
treatment of hyperbilirubinemia in the new-born.
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