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Operationalizing Prostate Cancer Clinical Pathways: An Ontological Model to Computerize, Merge and
 

Summary: Operationalizing Prostate Cancer Clinical Pathways:
An Ontological Model to Computerize, Merge and
Execute Institution-Specific Clinical Pathways
Samina Raza Abidi, Syed Sibte Raza Abidi, Sajjad Hussain 1 and Lorna Butler2
Abstract. The computerization of paper-based Clinical Pathways
(CP) can allow them to be operationalized as a decision-support and
care planning tool at the point-of-care. We applied a knowledge man-
agement approach to computerize the prostate cancer CP for three
different locations. We present a new prostate cancer CP ontology
that features the novel merging of multiple CP based on the similar-
ities of their diagnostic-treatment concepts, whilst maintaining the
unique aspects of each specific CP, to realize a common unified CP
model. In this paper we will highlight the main components of our
prostate cancer CP ontology, and discuss the concept of CP branch-
ing and merging nodes. We conclude that our computerized CP can
be executed through a logic-based engine to realize a point-of-care
decision-support system for managing prostate cancer care.
1 INTRODUCTION
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among Cana-
dian men, with an estimated 22,300 newly diagnosed cases and 4,300

  

Source: Abidi, Syed Sibte Raza - Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences