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Limitations in physicians' knowledge when assessing dementia diseases: an evaluation study of a decision-support system
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Computing Science. (Arcum)
2011 (English)In: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, ISSN 0926-9630, E-ISSN 1879-8365, Vol. 169, 120-124 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is a need to provide tools for the medical professional at the point of care in the assessment of a suspected dementia disease. Early diagnosis is important in order to provide appropriate care so that the disease does not cause unnecessary suffering for the patient and relatives. DMSS (Dementia Management and Support System) is a clinical decision-support system that provides support in the diagnosis of a dementia disease, which is in use in controlled clinical evaluation settings in four countries. This paper reports the results of evaluations done in use environments in these places during a period of two years. Data in 218 patient cases were collected by 21 physicians during their use of the system in clinical practice. In 50 of the cases the use of the system were also observed and the physicians were interviewed in 88 cases. The collected data and inferences made by the system were analyzed. To summarize the results, DMSS gave appropriate support considering the patient case, available information and the user's skills and knowledge in the domain. However, the results also illuminated the need for extended and personalized support for the less skilled physician in the assessment of basic information about patients.

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IOS Press , 2011. Vol. 169, 120-124 p.
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Human Computer Interaction
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medicinsk informatik
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-47488DOI: 10.3233/978-1-60750-806-9-120PubMedID: 21893726OAI: diva2:442562
Available from: 2011-09-21 Created: 2011-09-21 Last updated: 2016-09-07Bibliographically approved

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