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  1. The purpose was to examine how General Practitioners (GPs) use clinical information and rules from guidelines in their decisions on drug treatment for high cholesterol values.

    Authors: Lars Backlund, Ylva Skånér, Henry Montgomery, Johan Bring and Lars-Erik Strender

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2004 4:23

    Content type: Research article

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  2. This paper analyzes the effect of the mean-square error principle on the optimization process using a Special Case of Hopfield Neural Network (SCHNN).

    Authors: Rachid Sammouda and Mohamed Sammouda

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2004 4:22

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Critically Appraised Topics (CATs) are a useful tool that helps physicians to make clinical decisions as the healthcare moves towards the practice of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM). The fast growing World Wide ...

    Authors: Peng Dong, Ling Ling Wong, Sarah Ng, Marie Loh and Adrian Mondry

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2004 4:21

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Prospective users of preventive therapies often must evaluate complex information about therapeutic risks and benefits. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of relative and absolute risk inform...

    Authors: Larry A Hembroff, Margaret Holmes-Rovner and Celia E Wills

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2004 4:20

    Content type: Research article

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  5. The "applied" nature distinguishes applied sciences from theoretical sciences. To emphasize this distinction, we begin with a general, meta-level overview of the scientific endeavor. We introduce the knowledge sp...

    Authors: Stefan V Pantazi, José F Arocha and Jochen R Moehr

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2004 4:19

    Content type: Debate

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  6. Most hospitals keep and update their paper-based medical records after introducing an electronic medical record or a hospital information system (HIS). This case report describes a HIS in a hospital where the ...

    Authors: Hallvard Lærum, Tom H Karlsen and Arild Faxvaag

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2004 4:18

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Design and test the reliability of a web-based system for multicenter, real-time collection of data in the emergency department (ED), under waiver of authorization, in compliance with HIPAA.

    Authors: Jeffrey A Kline, Charles L Johnson, William B Webb and Michael S Runyon

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2004 4:17

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Autocoding (or automatic concept indexing) occurs when a software program extracts terms contained within text and maps them to a standard list of concepts contained in a nomenclature. The purpose of autocodin...

    Authors: Jules J Berman

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2004 4:16

    Content type: Software

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  9. It is an absolute necessity to continually assess the quality of health information on the Internet. Quality-controlled subject gateways are Internet services which apply a selected set of targeted measures to...

    Authors: SJ Darmoni, B Dahamna and Thomas R Roth-Berghofer

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2004 4:15

    Content type: Technical advance

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  10. Although significant response time deficits (both reaction time and movement time) have been identified in numerous studies of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), few attempts have been made to evaluate th...

    Authors: Andrew M Johnson, Philip A Vernon, Quincy J Almeida, Linda L Grantier, Rene Singarayer and Mandar S Jog

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2004 4:14

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Concerns regarding the privacy of health information are escalating owing both to the growing use of information technology to store and exchange data and to the increasing demand on the part of patients to co...

    Authors: C Shawn Tracy, Guilherme Coelho Dantas and Ross EG Upshur

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2004 4:13

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Wireless local area networks (WLANs) are considered the next generation of clinical data network. They open the possibility for capturing clinical data in a prehospital setting (e.g., a patient's home) using v...

    Authors: Dongquan Chen, Seng-jaw Soong, Gary J Grimes and Helmuth F Orthner

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2004 4:12

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Quantitative studies are becoming more recognized as important to understanding health care with all of its richness and complexities. The purpose of this descriptive survey was to provide a quantitative evalu...

    Authors: Kathleen Ann McKibbon and Cynthia S Gadd

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2004 4:11

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Drug therapy has become increasingly efficient, with more drugs available for treatment of an ever-growing number of conditions. Yet, drug use is reported to be sub optimal in several aspects, such as dosage, ...

    Authors: Peter Wanger and Lene Martin

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2004 4:10

    Content type: Research article

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  15. The linkage of records which refer to the same entity in separate data collections is a common requirement in public health and biomedical research. Traditionally, record linkage techniques have required that ...

    Authors: Tim Churches and Peter Christen

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2004 4:9

    Content type: Technical advance

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  16. Health-Related Quality of Life assessment is widely used in clinical research, but rarely in clinical practice. Barriers including practical difficulties administering printed questionnaires have limited their...

    Authors: Emilia Bielli, Fabio Carminati, Stella La Capra, Micaela Lina, Cinzia Brunelli and Marcello Tamburini

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2004 4:7

    Content type: Technical advance

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  17. Estimation of cardiovascular disease risk is increasingly used to inform decisions on interventions, such as the use of antihypertensives and statins, or to communicate the risks of smoking. Crude 10-year card...

    Authors: Chris Martin, Mark Vanderpump and Joyce French

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2004 4:6

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) available today are not extensively used due to lack of proper integration into clinical settings, knowledge-related information resources, and lack of decision support at t...

    Authors: Jean-Charles Dufour, Dominique Fieschi and Marius Fieschi

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2004 4:2

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Evaluation is a challenging but necessary part of the development cycle of clinical information systems like the electronic medical records (EMR) system. It is believed that such evaluations should include mul...

    Authors: Hallvard Lærum and Arild Faxvaag

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2004 4:1

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Many preventable diseases such as ischemic heart diseases and breast cancer prevail at a large scale in the general population. Computerized decision support systems are one of the solutions for improving the ...

    Authors: Isabelle Colombet, Thierry Dart, Laurence Leneveut, Sylvain Zunino, Joël Ménard and Gilles Chatellier

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2003 3:13

    Content type: Research article

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  21. A key feature of a good general practice consultation is that it is patient-centred. A number of verbal and non-verbal behaviours have been identified as important to establish a good relationship with the pat...

    Authors: Simon de Lusignan, Eben Wilson, Andy Dyble, Tristan Grant, Alice Theadom and Tom Chan

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2003 3:12

    Content type: Technical advance

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  22. EURIS (European Resistance Intervention Study) was launched as a multinational study in September of 2000 to identify the multitude of complex risk factors that contribute to the high carriage rate of drug res...

    Authors: Sara Silva, Rodrigo Gouveia-Oliveira, António Maretzek, João Carriço, Thorolfur Gudnason, Karl G Kristinsson, Karl Ekdahl, António Brito-Avô, Alexander Tomasz, Ilda Santos Sanches, Hermínia de Lencastre and Jonas Almeida

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2003 3:9

    Content type: Research article

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  23. During carcinogenesis, precancers are the morphologically identifiable lesions that precede invasive cancers. In theory, the successful treatment of precancers would result in the eradication of most human can...

    Authors: Jules J Berman and Donald E Henson

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2003 3:8

    Content type: Research article

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  24. This study was undertaken to assess the feasibility of using videoconferencing to involve community-based surgeons in interactive, multidisciplinary oncology rounds so they may benefit from the type of communi...

    Authors: Anna Gagliardi, Andy Smith, Vivek Goel and Denny DePetrillo

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2003 3:7

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Tissue Microarrays (TMAs) allow researchers to examine hundreds of small tissue samples on a single glass slide. The information held in a single TMA slide may easily involve Gigabytes of data. To benefit from...

    Authors: Jules J Berman, Mary E Edgerton and Bruce A Friedman

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2003 3:5

    Content type: Research article

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  26. The storage and distribution of electrocardiogram data is based on different formats. There is a need to promote the development of standards for their exchange and analysis. Such models should be platform-/ s...

    Authors: Haiying Wang, Francisco Azuaje, Benjamin Jung and Norman Black

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2003 3:4

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Anesthesia side effects are almost inevitable in most situations. In order to optimize the anesthetic experience from the patient's viewpoint, it makes intuitive sense to attempt to avoid the side effects that...

    Authors: Saifudin Rashiq and Patricia Bray

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2003 3:3

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Emergency department (ED) based syndromic surveillance systems identify abnormally high visit rates that may be an early signal of a bioterrorist attack. For example, an anthrax outbreak might first be detecta...

    Authors: Ben Y Reis and Kenneth D Mandl

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2003 3:2

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Record linkage refers to the process of joining records that relate to the same entity or event in one or more data collections. In the absence of a shared, unique key, record linkage involves the comparison o...

    Authors: Tim Churches, Peter Christen, Kim Lim and Justin Xi Zhu

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2002 2:9

    Content type: Research article

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  30. This study advances the use of a utility model to model physician-patient interactions from the perspectives of physicians and patients.

    Authors: Steven R Feldman, G John Chen, Judy Y Hu and Alan B Fleischer

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2002 2:8

    Content type: Hypothesis

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  31. Hepatic surgery is characterized by complicated operations with a significant peri- and postoperative risk for the patient. We developed a web-based, high-granular research database for comprehensive documenta...

    Authors: Martin Dugas, Rolf Schauer, Andreas Volk and Horst Rau

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2002 2:5

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Patient centred communication (PCC) has been described as a method for doctor-patient communication. The principles of shared decision making (SDM) have been proposed more recently.

    Authors: Michel Wensing, Glyn Elwyn, Adrian Edwards, Eric Vingerhoets and Richard Grol

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2002 2:2

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Classification of the electrocardiogram using Neural Networks has become a widely used method in recent years. The efficiency of these classifiers depends upon a number of factors including network training. U...

    Authors: Chris D Nugent, Jesus A Lopez, Ann E Smith and Norman D Black

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2002 2:1

    Content type: Research article

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  34. We conducted a review of the diagnostic accuracy of clinical examination for the diagnosis of cirrhosis. The objectives were: to identify studies assessing the accuracy of clinical examination in the detection...

    Authors: Guy de Bruyn and Edward A Graviss

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2001 1:6

    Content type: Research article

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  35. The use of telemedicine is growing, but its efficacy for achieving comparable or improved clinical outcomes has not been established in many medical specialties. The objective of this systematic review was to ...

    Authors: William R Hersh, Mark Helfand, James Wallace, Dale Kraemer, Patricia Patterson, Susan Shapiro and Merwyn Greenlick

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2001 1:5

    Content type: Research article

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  36. The specificity of clinical questions is gauged by explicit descriptions of four dimensions: subjects, interventions, comparators and outcomes of interest. This study determined whether adding simple instructi...

    Authors: Elmer V Villanueva, Elizabeth A Burrows, Paul A Fennessy, Meera Rajendran and Jeremy N Anderson

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2001 1:4

    Content type: Research article

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  37. To determine whether a computerized clinical documentation system (CDS): 1) decreased time spent charting and increased time spent in patient care; 2) decreased medication errors; 3) improved clinical decision...

    Authors: James A Menke, Cynthia W Broner, Deborah Y Campbell, Michelle Y McKissick and Joy A Edwards-Beckett

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2001 1:3

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Patients increasingly seek more active involvement in health care decisions, but little is known about how to communicate complex risk information to patients. The objective of this study was to elicit patient...

    Authors: Jennifer M Fortin, Linda K Hirota, Barbara E Bond, Annette M O'Connor and Nananda F Col

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2001 1:2

    Content type: Research article

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