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Temporal Reasoning for Decision Support in Medicine

Summary: Temporal Reasoning
for Decision Support in Medicine
Juan Carlos Augusto
School of Computing and Mathematics
University of Ulster at Jordanstown
BT37 0QB Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, UK
Phone: +44 (0)28 9036 612
Fax: +44 (0)28 9036 6068
Time-related concepts handling is essential in medicine. During diagnosis it can
make a substantial difference to know the temporal order in which some symptoms
occurred or for how long they lasted. During prognosis the potential evolutions of a
disease is conceived as a description of events unfolding in time. In therapy planning
the different steps of treatments must be applied in a precise order, with a given
frequency and for a certain span of time in order to be effective.
This article offers a survey on the use of temporal reasoning for decision support-
related tasks in medicine. Key areas are highlighted and used to organize the latest
contributions. The survey of previous research is followed by an analysis of what
can still be improved and what is needed to make the next generation of decision


Source: Augusto, Juan Carlos - School of Computing and Mathematics, University of Ulster at Jordanstown


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences