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Behind the screens: Clinical decision support methodologies - A review

Fraccaro, P., O'Sullivan, D., Plastiras, P. , O'Sullivan, H., Dentone, C., Di Biagio, A. & Weller, P. (2015). Behind the screens: Clinical decision support methodologies - A review. Health Policy and Technology, 4(1), pp. 29-38. doi: 10.1016/j.hlpt.2014.10.001


Clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) are interactive software systems designed to assist clinicians with decision making tasks, such as determining diagnosis of patient data. CDSSs are a widely researched topic in the Computer Science community but their workings are less well understood by clinicians. The purpose of this review is to introduce clinicians and policy makers to the most commonly computer-based methodologies employed to construct decision models to compute clinical decisions in a non-technical manner. We hope that a better understanding of CDSSs will open up discussion about the future of CDSSs as a part of healthcare delivery as well as engage clinicians and policy makers in the development and deployment of CDSSs that can meaningfully help with decision making tasks.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Health Policy and Technology. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Health Policy and Technology, Vol.4, Iss.1 (2015) 10.1016/j.hlpt.2014.10.001
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Departments: School of Science & Technology
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