Generating Personalised Cardiovascular Risk
Management Educational Interventions Linking
SCORE and Behaviour Change
Selena Davis, Syed Abidi, Jafna Cox*
Health Informatics Laboratory, Faculty of Computer Science, and *Departments of Medicine and of
Community Health and Epidemiology, QEII Health Sciences Centre, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova
Correspondence and reprint requests: Selena Davis, Health Informatics Laboratory, Faculty of Computer
Science, 6050 University Ave., Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 1W5. E-mail: selena.
© The Journal on Information Technology in Healthcare 2008; 6(1): 7382
Quality and timely patient education can reduce cardiovascular disease risk. The PULSE
(Personalisation Using Linkages of SCORE and behaviour change readiness to Web-based
Education) project objective is to design a Web-based personalised educational intervention
for the management of cardiovascular risk. The intervention is based on a patient profile
generated by combining: (i) an electronic data capture template (DCT); (ii) the Systematic
COronary Risk Evaluation (SCORE) algorithm for ten-year risk assessment for fatal cardio-
vascular disease; and (iii) a Stage determination model for behavioural change readiness.