Computer implementation of the hierarchical-modular approach to treatment protocols

S. Michelson, M. Ben-Bassat, A. Macneil, M. H. Weil

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A computer implementation of the hierarchical modular approach to treatment protocols is presented. By this approach, the clinical treatment is defined in terms of a hierarchical structure composed of several substructures, each varying with the complexity of treatment-related action that is required. The treatment protocol software consists of two major components. The first elicits treatment protocols from experts and stores them in the system's knowledge base. The second component accesses those elements of the knowledge base relevant to the disorders and specific features (medical findings) of the patient, and drives the display of treatment information tailored specifically to the particular patient. The system interacts with the user in a friendly and very simple language. displays are formated in a structured manner and contain as much or as little detail as necessary. This system may find application in various areas, including generation of nursing and life support protocols, as well as treatment protocols for critical care and other medical disciplines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-126
Number of pages10
JournalMethods of Information in Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes


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