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  1. Research article

    Smokers’ and drinkers’ choice of smartphone applications and expectations of engagement: a think aloud and interview study

    Public health organisations such as the National Health Service in the United Kingdom and the National Institutes of Health in the United States provide access to online libraries of publicly endorsed smartpho...

    Olga Perski, Ann Blandford, Harveen Kaur Ubhi, Robert West and Susan Michie

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:25

    Published on: 28 February 2017

  2. Research article

    Early recognition of multiple sclerosis using natural language processing of the electronic health record

    Diagnostic accuracy might be improved by algorithms that searched patients’ clinical notes in the electronic health record (EHR) for signs and symptoms of diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS). The focus th...

    Herbert S. Chase, Lindsey R. Mitrani, Gabriel G. Lu and Dominick J. Fulgieri

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:24

    Published on: 28 February 2017

  3. Research article

    Identifying incident colorectal and lung cancer cases in health service utilisation databases in Australia: a validation study

    Data from centralised, population-based statutory cancer registries are generally considered the 'gold standard' for confirming incident cases of cancer. When these are not available, or more current informati...

    David Goldsbury, Marianne Weber, Sarsha Yap, Emily Banks, Dianne L. O’Connell and Karen Canfell

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:23

    Published on: 27 February 2017

  4. Research article

    What information is used in treatment decision aids? A systematic review of the types of evidence populating health decision aids

    Patient decision aids (DAs) are support tools designed to provide patients with relevant information to help them make informed decisions about their healthcare. While DAs can be effective in improving patient...

    Amanda M. Clifford, Jean Ryan, Cathal Walsh and Arlene McCurtin

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:22

    Published on: 23 February 2017

  5. Research article

    Information needs for making clinical recommendations about potential drug-drug interactions: a synthesis of literature review and interviews

    Drug information compendia and drug-drug interaction information databases are critical resources for clinicians and pharmacists working to avoid adverse events due to exposure to potential drug-drug interacti...

    Katrina M. Romagnoli, Scott D. Nelson, Lisa Hines, Philip Empey, Richard D. Boyce and Harry Hochheiser

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:21

    Published on: 22 February 2017

  6. Research article

    Impact of a clinical program using weekly Short Message Service (SMS) on antiretroviral therapy adherence support in South Africa: a retrospective cohort study

    In randomized controlled trials, short message service (SMS) programs have improved adherence to HIV antiretroviral therapy (ART). In response, the World Health Organization recommended use of SMS programs to ...

    Nathan Georgette, Mark J. Siedner, Carter R. Petty, Brian C. Zanoni, Stephen Carpenter and Jessica E. Haberer

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:18

    Published on: 20 February 2017

  7. Research article

    The effect of a test ordering software intervention on the prescription of unnecessary laboratory tests - a randomized controlled trial

    The way software for electronic health records and laboratory tests ordering systems are designed may influence physicians’ prescription. A randomised controlled trial was performed to measure the impact of a ...

    Carlos Manuel Silva Martins, Andreia Sofia da Costa Teixeira, Luís Filipe Ribeiro de Azevedo, Luísa Maria Barbosa Sá, Paulo Alexandre Azevedo Pereira Santos, Maria Luciana Gomes Domingues do Couto, Altamiro Manuel Rodrigues da Costa Pereira, Alberto Augusto Oliveira Pinto Hespanhol and Cristina Maria Nogueira da Costa Santos

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:20

    Published on: 20 February 2017

  8. Research article

    Digital health system for personalised COPD long-term management

    Recent telehealth studies have demonstrated minor impact on patients affected by long-term conditions. The use of technology does not guarantee the compliance required for sustained collection of high-quality ...

    Carmelo Velardo, Syed Ahmar Shah, Oliver Gibson, Gari Clifford, Carl Heneghan, Heather Rutter, Andrew Farmer and Lionel Tarassenko

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:19

    Published on: 20 February 2017

  9. Research article

    Use of electronic medical records and quality of patient data: different reaction patterns of doctors and nurses to the hospital organization

    As the implementation of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) in hospitals may be challenged by different responses of different user groups, this paper examines the differences between doctors and nurses in thei...

    Mattijs S. Lambooij, Hanneke W. Drewes and Ferry Koster

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:17

    Published on: 10 February 2017

  10. Research article

    Social media in public health: an analysis of national health authorities and leading causes of death in Spanish-speaking Latin American and Caribbean countries

    Information and communications technologies, like social media, have the potential to reduce some barriers in disease prevention and control in the Americas. National health authorities can use these technolog...

    David Novillo-Ortiz and Tony Hernández-Pérez

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:16

    Published on: 3 February 2017

  11. Research article

    How can information systems provide support to nurses’ hand hygiene performance? Using gamification and indoor location to improve hand hygiene awareness and reduce hospital infections

    Hospital-acquired infections are still amongst the major problems health systems are facing. Their occurrence can lead to higher morbidity and mortality rates, increased length of hospital stay, and higher cos...

    Rita Marques, João Gregório, Fernando Pinheiro, Pedro Póvoa, Miguel Mira da Silva and Luís Velez Lapão

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:15

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  12. Research article

    The use of multi-criteria decision making models in evaluating anesthesia method options in circumcision surgery

    Determining the most suitable anesthesia method for circumcision surgery plays a fundamental role in pediatric surgery. This study is aimed to present pediatric surgeons’ perspective on the relative importance...

    Gulsah Hancerliogullari, Kadir Oymen Hancerliogullari and Emrah Koksalmis

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:14

    Published on: 23 January 2017

  13. Research article

    The CRISP colorectal cancer risk prediction tool: an exploratory study using simulated consultations in Australian primary care

    In Australia, screening for colorectal cancer (CRC) with colonoscopy is meant to be reserved for people at increased risk, however, currently there is a mismatch between individuals’ risk of CRC and the type o...

    Jennifer G Walker, Adrian Bickerstaffe, Nadira Hewabandu, Sanjay Maddumarachchi, James G Dowty, Mark Jenkins, Marie Pirotta, Fiona M Walter and Jon D Emery

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:13

    Published on: 19 January 2017

  14. Research article

    Involving members of vulnerable populations in the development of patient decision aids: a mixed methods sequential explanatory study

    Patient decision aids aim to present evidence relevant to a health decision in understandable ways to support patients through the process of making evidence-informed, values-congruent health decisions. It is ...

    Michèle Dugas, Marie-Ève Trottier, Selma Chipenda Dansokho, Gratianne Vaisson, Thierry Provencher, Heather Colquhoun, Maman Joyce Dogba, Sophie Dupéré, Angela Fagerlin, Anik M. C. Giguere, Lynne Haslett, Aubri S. Hoffman, Noah M. Ivers, France Légaré, Jean Légaré, Carrie A. Levin…

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:12

    Published on: 19 January 2017

  15. Research article

    Simulated case management of home telemonitoring to assess the impact of different alert algorithms on work-load and clinical decisions

    Home telemonitoring (HTM) of chronic heart failure (HF) promises to improve care by timely indications when a patient’s condition is worsening. Simple rules of sudden weight change have been demonstrated to ge...

    Illapha Cuba Gyllensten, Amanda Crundall-Goode, Ronald M. Aarts and Kevin M. Goode

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:11

    Published on: 17 January 2017

  16. Debate

    The tidal waves of connected health devices with healthcare applications: consequences on privacy and care management in European healthcare systems

    The market for Connected Health Devices (CHD) with healthcare applications is growing fast and should be worth several billion euros in turnover in the coming years. Their development will completely transform...

    Francois-André Allaert, Noël-Jean Mazen, Louis Legrand and Catherine Quantin

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:10

    Published on: 17 January 2017

  17. Research article

    Naturalistic study of guideline implementation tool use via evaluation of website access and physician survey

    Clinical guidelines support decision-making at the point-of-care but the onus is often on individual users such as physicians to implement them. Research shows that the inclusion of implementation tools in or ...

    Melissa J. Armstrong, Gary S. Gronseth, Richard Dubinsky, Sonja Potrebic, Rebecca Penfold Murray, Thomas S. D. Getchius, Carol Rheaume and Anna R Gagliardi

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:9

    Published on: 13 January 2017

  18. Research article

    Comorbidity study of borderline personality disorder: applying association rule mining to the Taiwan national health insurance research database

    Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a complex clinical state with highly polymorphic symptoms and signs. Studies have demonstrated that people with a BPD diagnosis are likely to have numerous co-occurring...

    Cheng-Che Shen, Li-Yu Hu and Ya-Han Hu

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:8

    Published on: 11 January 2017

  19. Research article

    Use of information and communication technology and retention of health workers in rural post-war conflict Northern Uganda: findings from a qualitative study

    Information and communication technologies have become a vital infrastructural asset for use in the retention of rural health workers. However, little is known about the potential influence of ICT use, percept...

    Walter Onen Yagos, Geoffrey Tabo Olok and Emilio Ovuga

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:6

    Published on: 10 January 2017

  20. Technical advance

    Applying openEHR’s Guideline Definition Language to the SITS international stroke treatment registry: a European retrospective observational study

    Interoperability standards intend to standardise health information, clinical practice guidelines intend to standardise care procedures, and patient data registries are vital for monitoring quality of care and...

    Nadim Anani, Michael V. Mazya, Rong Chen, Tiago Prazeres Moreira, Olivier Bill, Niaz Ahmed, Nils Wahlgren and Sabine Koch

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:7

    Published on: 10 January 2017

  21. Research article

    Understanding how primary care practitioners perceive an online intervention for the management of hypertension

    In order to achieve successful implementation an intervention needs to be acceptable and feasible to its users and must overcome barriers to behaviour change. The Person-Based Approach can help intervention de...

    Katherine Bradbury, Katherine Morton, Rebecca Band, Carl May, Richard McManus, Paul Little and Lucy Yardley

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:5

    Published on: 9 January 2017

  22. Research article

    Exploring the implementation of an electronic record into a maternity unit: a qualitative study using Normalisation Process Theory

    To explore the benefits, barriers and disadvantages of implementing an electronic record system (ERS). The extent that the system has become ‘normalised’ into routine practice was also explored.

    Arabella Scantlebury, Laura Sheard, Ian Watt, Paul Cairns, John Wright and Joy Adamson

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:4

    Published on: 7 January 2017

  23. Research article

    Development of an algorithm for determining smoking status and behaviour over the life course from UK electronic primary care records

    Patients’ smoking status is routinely collected by General Practitioners (GP) in UK primary health care. There is an abundance of Read codes pertaining to smoking, including those relating to smoking cessation...

    Mark D. Atkinson, Jonathan I. Kennedy, Ann John, Keir E. Lewis, Ronan A. Lyons and Sinead T. Brophy

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:2

    Published on: 5 January 2017

  24. Technical advance

    Secure and scalable deduplication of horizontally partitioned health data for privacy-preserving distributed statistical computation

    Techniques have been developed to compute statistics on distributed datasets without revealing private information except the statistical results. However, duplicate records in a distributed dataset may lead t...

    Kassaye Yitbarek Yigzaw, Antonis Michalas and Johan Gustav Bellika

    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:1

    Published on: 3 January 2017

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