Care pathway records with ontologies; potential uses in medical research and healthcare

Olive, M., Lashwood, A. and Solomonides, T. (2011) Care pathway records with ontologies; potential uses in medical research and healthcare. International Journal of Care Pathways, 15 (1). pp. 15-17. ISSN 2040-4026 Available from:

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This is one of a series of papers arising in part out of the SHARE (Supporting and structuring Healthgrid Activities and Research in Europe) project; in previous work, we have examined the use of integrated care pathways (ICPs), a fine-grained form of medical guideline including the explicit recording of any deviation, or ‘variance’, for research purposes. In particular, we explored how feeding the results of the analysis of variance into the development of a pathway might be an effective way of capturing ‘evidence from practice’. Building on this concept, in our principal case study we propose an information system for extracting data from ICPs using ontologies and a method for inferring ICPs from other patient records, combining these with data collected for retrospective and prospective studies in preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and screening (PGS) for assisted reproduction. We also look at the problem of selecting alternatives when drug interactions occur when multiple pathways are used in parallel.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in International Journal of Care Pathways. The definitive version, detailed above, is available online at
Uncontrolled Keywords:care pathways, clinical pathways, critical pathways
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Computer Science and Creative Technologies
ID Code:13333
Deposited By: M. Olive
Deposited On:04 Nov 2010 14:14
Last Modified:13 Sep 2016 23:12

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