Writing clinical practice guidelines in controlled natural language

  • Shiffman R
  • Michel G
  • Krauthammer M
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Abstract

Clinicians could benefit from decision support systems in- corporating the knowledge contained in clinical practice guidelines. How- ever, the unstructured formof these guidelinesmakes them unsuitable for formal representation. To address this challenge we translated a complete set of pediatric guideline recommendations into Attempto Controlled English (ACE).One experienced pediatrician, one physician and a knowl- edge engineer assessed that a suitably extended version of ACE can ac- curately and naturally represent the clinical concepts and the proposed actions of the guidelines. Currently, we are developing a systematic and replicable approach to authoring guideline recommendations in ACE.

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Authors

  • Richard N. Shiffman

  • George Michel

  • Michael Krauthammer

  • Norbert E. Fuchs

  • Kaarel Kaljurand

  • Tobias Kuhn

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