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Table 3 Characteristics of the knowledge bases.

From: How to translate therapeutic recommendations in clinical practice guidelines into rules for critiquing physician prescriptions? Methods and application to five guidelines

   Hyp. Diab. Dys. Tob. Atr. Thr.
Modelled Number of pharmaco-therapeutic drug classes 7 7 10 5 11 3
CPG Number of recommended treatments 30 39 15 12 14 3
recommendations Number of "one should prescribe..." recommendations 30 14 9 7 6 6
  Number of "one should not prescribe..." recommendations 19 10 6 11 4 1
  Number of "treatments of increasing power..." recommendations 1 3 2 1 0 0
  Total number of recommendations 50 27 17 19 10 7
Generated rules Number of "if ... then criticism" rules 119 102 73 42 51 16
  Number of treatment patterns 826 1121 708 267 591 82
  1. Hyp.: hypertension, Diab.: type 2 diabetes, Dys.: dyslipaemia, Tob.: tobacco addiction, Atr.: atrial fibrillation, Thr.: thrombo-embolic risk. User-defined knowledge bases refer to the recommendations as entered into the system, and generated knowledge bases to the rule bases automatically generated by the system, including generic rules and after applying macros to transform all recommendations into "if conditions then criticism" rules.