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  1. Integrated personal health records (PHRs) offer significant potential to stimulate transformational changes in health care delivery and self-care by patients. In 2006, an invitational roundtable sponsored by K...

    Authors: Don Detmer, Meryl Bloomrosen, Brian Raymond and Paul Tang

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:45

    Content type: Debate

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  2. Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disorder in the Caucasian population. Scoring systems for assessment of Cystic fibrosis disease severity have been used for almost 50 years, without being adapt...

    Authors: GM Hafen, C Hurst, J Yearwood, J Smith, Z Dzalilov and PJ Robinson

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:44

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Research for developing search strategies to retrieve high-quality clinical journal articles from MEDLINE is expensive and time-consuming. The objective of this study was to determine the minimal number of hig...

    Authors: Xiaomei Yao, Nancy L Wilczynski, Stephen D Walter and R Brian Haynes

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:43

    Content type: Research article

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  4. The use of PubMed to answer daily medical care questions is limited because it is challenging to retrieve a small set of relevant articles and time is restricted. Knowing what aspects of queries are likely to ...

    Authors: Arjen Hoogendam, Anton FH Stalenhoef, Pieter F de Vries Robbé and A John PM Overbeke

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:42

    Content type: Research article

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  5. The guideline for postmastectomy radiotherapy (PMRT), which is prescribed to reduce recurrence of breast cancer in the chest wall and improve overall survival, is not always followed. Identifying and extractin...

    Authors: Amir R Razavi, Hans Gill, Hans Åhlfeldt and Nosrat Shahsavar

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:41

    Content type: Research article

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  6. A hospital's clinical information system may require a specific environment in which to flourish. This environment is not yet well defined. We examined whether specific hospital characteristics are associated ...

    Authors: Ruben Amarasingham, Marie Diener-West, Laura Plantinga, Aaron C Cunningham, Darrell J Gaskin and Neil R Powe

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:39

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Nowadays more and more clinical guidelines for health care professionals are being developed. However, this does not automatically mean that these guidelines are actually implemented. The aim of this meta-revi...

    Authors: Anneke L Francke, Marieke C Smit, Anke JE de Veer and Patriek Mistiaen

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:38

    Content type: Research article

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  8. The automated monitoring of routinely collected disease surveillance data has the potential to ensure that important changes in disease incidence are promptly recognised. However, few studies have established ...

    Authors: Rochelle E Watkins, Serryn Eagleson, Bert Veenendaal, Graeme Wright and Aileen J Plant

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:37

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Choose and Book is a central part of the UK Government patient choice agenda that seeks to provide patients with a choice over the time, date and place of their first outpatient appointment. This is done throu...

    Authors: Judith Green, Zoe McDowall and Henry WW Potts

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:36

    Content type: Research article

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  10. The ideal method to encourage uptake of clinical guidelines in hospitals is not known. Several strategies have been suggested. This study evaluates the impact of academic detailing and a computerised decision ...

    Authors: Kirsty L Buising, Karin A Thursky, James F Black, Lachlan MacGregor, Alan C Street, Marcus P Kennedy and Graham V Brown

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:35

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Evidence-based decision making relies on easy access to trustworthy research results. The Cochrane Library is a key source of evidence about the effect of interventions and aims to "promote the accessibility of s...

    Authors: Sarah E Rosenbaum, Claire Glenton and Jane Cracknell

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:34

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Access to personal health information through the electronic health record (EHR) is an innovative means to enable people to be active participants in their own health care. Currently this is not an available o...

    Authors: Sara Urowitz, David Wiljer, Emma Apatu, Gunther Eysenbach, Claudette DeLenardo, Tamara Harth, Howard Pai and Kevin J Leonard

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:33

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Text-based patient medical records are a vital resource in medical research. In order to preserve patient confidentiality, however, the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires...

    Authors: Ishna Neamatullah, Margaret M Douglass, Li-wei H Lehman, Andrew Reisner, Mauricio Villarroel, William J Long, Peter Szolovits, George B Moody, Roger G Mark and Gari D Clifford

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:32

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Despite increasing recognition of the importance of involving patients in decisions on preventive healthcare interventions, little is known about how well patients understand and utilise information provided o...

    Authors: Lene Sorensen, Dorte Gyrd-Hansen, Ivar S Kristiansen, Jørgen Nexøe and Jesper B Nielsen

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:31

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Strokes are a leading cause of morbidity and the first cause of adult disability in the United States. Currently, no biomarkers are being used clinically to diagnose acute ischemic stroke. A diagnostic test us...

    Authors: Anupama Reddy, Honghui Wang, Hua Yu, Tiberius O Bonates, Vimla Gulabani, Joseph Azok, Gerard Hoehn, Peter L Hammer, Alison E Baird and King C Li

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:30

    Content type: Research article

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  16. A dengue fever outbreak occured in French Guiana in 2006. The objectives were to study the value of a syndromic surveillance system set up within the armed forces, compared to the traditional clinical surveill...

    Authors: Jean-Baptiste Meynard, Hervé Chaudet, Gaetan Texier, Vanessa Ardillon, Françoise Ravachol, Xavier Deparis, Henry Jefferson, Philippe Dussart, Jacques Morvan and Jean-Paul Boutin

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:29

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Few researchers have examined the perceptions of physicians referring cases for angiography regarding the degree to which collaboration occurs during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) decision-making. W...

    Authors: Catherine R Rahilly-Tierney and Ira S Nash

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:28

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Treatments for coronary heart disease (CHD) have evolved rapidly over the last 15 years with considerable change in the number and effectiveness of both medical and surgical treatments. This period has seen th...

    Authors: Haider R Mannan, Matthew Knuiman and Michael Hobbs

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:27

    Content type: Research article

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  19. The evolving concepts of pervasive computing, ubiquitous computing and ambient intelligence are increasingly influencing health care and medicine. Summarizing published research, this literature review provide...

    Authors: Carsten Orwat, Andreas Graefe and Timm Faulwasser

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:26

    Content type: Research article

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  20. There is uncertainty about how GPs should convey information about treatment effectiveness to their patients in the context of cardiovascular disease. Hence we study the concordance of decisions based on one o...

    Authors: Henrik Stovring, Dorte Gyrd-Hansen, Ivar S Kristiansen, Jorgen Nexoe and Jesper B Nielsen

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:25

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Predicted patient life expectancy (LE) and survival probability (SP), based on a patient's medical history, are important components of surgical decision-making and informed consent. The objective of this stud...

    Authors: Michael G Clarke, Katherine P Kennedy and Ruaraidh P MacDonagh

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:24

    Content type: Research article

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  22. For years, Uniform Resource Locator (URL) decay or "link rot" has been a growing concern in the field of biomedical sciences. This paper addresses this issue by examining the status of the URLs published in ME...

    Authors: Erick Ducut, Fang Liu and Paul Fontelo

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:23

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Data analysis in community health assessment (CHA) involves the collection, integration, and analysis of large numerical and spatial data sets in order to identify health priorities. Geographic Information Sys...

    Authors: Matthew Scotch, Bambang Parmanto and Valerie Monaco

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:22

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Drug iatrogeny is important but could be decreased if contraindications, cautions for use, drug interactions and adverse effects of drugs described in drug monographs were taken into account. However, the phys...

    Authors: Jean-Baptiste Lamy, Alain Venot, Avner Bar-Hen, Patrick Ouvrard and Catherine Duclos

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:21

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Discrepancies between the conclusions of different meta-analyses (quantitative syntheses of systematic reviews) are often ascribed to methodological differences. The objective of this study was to determine th...

    Authors: Ian Shrier, Jean-François Boivin, Robert W Platt, Russell J Steele, James M Brophy, Franco Carnevale, Mark J Eisenberg, Andrea Furlan, Ritsuko Kakuma, Mary Ellen Macdonald, Louise Pilote and Michel Rossignol

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:19

    Content type: Research article

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  26. SCT is used to assess clinical reasoning in ambiguous or uncertain situations. It allows testing on real-life situations that are not adequately measured with current tests. It probes the multiple judgments th...

    Authors: Jean Paul Fournier, Anne Demeester and Bernard Charlin

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:18

    Content type: Correspondence

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  27. E-health is increasingly valued for supporting: 1) access to quality health care services for all citizens; 2) information flow and exchange; 3) integrated health care services and 4) interprofessional collabo...

    Authors: Marie-Pierre Gagnon, France Légaré, Jean-Paul Fortin, Lise Lamothe, Michel Labrecque and Julie Duplantie

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:17

    Content type: Study protocol

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  28. Many medication errors are encountered in drug prescriptions, which would not occur if practitioners could remember the drug properties. They can refer to drug monographs to find these properties, however drug...

    Authors: Jean-Baptiste Lamy, Catherine Duclos, Avner Bar-Hen, Patrick Ouvrard and Alain Venot

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:16

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Monitoring of hospital information system (HIS) usage can provide insights into best practices within a hospital and help to assess time trends. In terms of effort and cost of benchmarking, figures derived aut...

    Authors: Martin Dugas, Markus Eckholt and Holger Bunzemeier

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:15

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Clear communication about the possible outcomes of proposed medical interventions is an integral part of medical care. Despite its importance, there have been few studies comparing different formats for presen...

    Authors: James G Dolan and Stephen Iadarola

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:14

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Physician participation in clinical research recruitment efforts is critical to many studies' success, but it is often limited. Use of an Electronic Health Record (EHR)-based, point-of-care Clinical Trial Aler...

    Authors: Peter J Embi, Anil Jain and C Martin Harris

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:13

    Content type: Research article

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  32. In spite of succesful adoption of electronic patient records (EPR) by Norwegian GPs, what constitutes the actual benefits and effects of the use of EPRs in the perspective of the GPs and patients has not been ...

    Authors: Tom Christensen and Anders Grimsmo

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:12

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Low-cost handheld computers (PDA) potentially represent an efficient tool for collecting sensitive data in surveys. The goal of this study is to evaluate the quality of sexual behavior data collected with hand...

    Authors: Antonio Bernabe-Ortiz, Walter H Curioso, Marco A Gonzales, Wilfredo Evangelista, Jesus M Castagnetto, Cesar P Carcamo, James P Hughes, Patricia J Garcia, Geoffrey P Garnett and King K Holmes

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:11

    Content type: Research article

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  34. An important question in the development of decision aids about colon cancer (CRC) screening is whether to include an explicit discussion of the option of not being screened. We examined the effect of includin...

    Authors: Jennifer M Griffith, Marlie Fichter, Floyd J Fowler, Carmen Lewis and Michael P Pignone

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:10

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Correct diagnosis in psychiatry may be improved by novel diagnostic procedures. Computerized Decision Support Systems (CDSS) are suggested to be able to improve diagnostic procedures, but some studies indicate...

    Authors: Lars G Bergman and Uno GH Fors

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:9

    Content type: Research article

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  36. The Internet is increasingly used by citizens as source of health information. Young, highly educated adults use the Internet frequently to search for health-related information. Our study explores whether rep...

    Authors: Johanna Castrén, Teppo Huttunen and Kristina Kunttu

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:8

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Decision analysis in hospital-based settings is becoming more common place. The application of modeling and simulation approaches has likewise become more prevalent in order to support decision analytics. With...

    Authors: Jeffrey S Barrett, John T Mondick, Mahesh Narayan, Kalpana Vijayakumar and Sundararajan Vijayakumar

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:6

    Content type: Research article

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  38. The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is a data-rich environment where information technology (IT) may enhance patient care. We surveyed ICUs in the province of Ontario, Canada, to determine the availability, implemen...

    Authors: Stephen E Lapinsky, David Holt, David Hallett, Mohamed Abdolell and Neill KJ Adhikari

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:5

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Decision aids can improve decision making processes, but the amount and type of information that they should attempt to communicate is controversial. We sought to compare, in a pilot randomized trial, two colo...

    Authors: Jennifer M Griffith, Carmen L Lewis, Alison RT Brenner and Michael P Pignone

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:4

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Personal digital assistants (PDA) offer putative advantages over paper for collecting research data. However, there are no data prospectively comparing PDA and paper in the emergency department. The aim of thi...

    Authors: Morris L Rivera, Jason Donnelly, Blair A Parry, Anthony Dinizio, Charles L Johnson, Jeffrey A Kline and Christopher Kabrhel

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:3

    Content type: Research article

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  41. It has been shown that implementation of electronic medical records (EMR) and withdrawal of the paper-based medical record is feasible, but represents a drastic change in the information environment of hospita...

    Authors: Jan-Tore Lium, Aksel Tjora and Arild Faxvaag

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:2

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Classification systems may be useful to direct more aggressive treatment to cancer patients with a relatively poor prognosis. The definition of 'poor prognosis' often lacks a formal basis. We propose a decisio...

    Authors: Merel R van Dijk, Ewout W Steyerberg and J Dik F Habbema

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2008 8:1

    Content type: Research article

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  43. Targeting older clients for rehabilitation is a clinical challenge and a research priority. We investigate the potential of machine learning algorithms – Support Vector Machine (SVM) and K-Nearest Neighbors (KNN)...

    Authors: Mu Zhu, Zhanyang Zhang, John P Hirdes and Paul Stolee

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2007 7:41

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Mathematical models can be used to predict individual growth responses to growth hormone (GH) therapy. The aim of this study was to construct and validate high-precision models to predict the growth response t...

    Authors: Jovanna Dahlgren, Berit Kriström, Aimon Niklasson, Andreas FM Nierop, Sten Rosberg and Kerstin Albertsson-Wikland

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2007 7:40

    Content type: Research article

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  45. There is variation in the decisions made by telephone assessment nurses using computerised decision support software (CDSS). Variation in nurses' attitudes to risk has been identified as a possible explanatory...

    Authors: Alicia O'Cathain, James Munro, Iain Armstrong, Catherine O'Donnell and David Heaney

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2007 7:39

    Content type: Research article

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  46. In chronic disease, health information technology promises but has yet to demonstrate improved outcomes and decreased costs. The main aim of the study was to determine the effects on mortality and cost of an e...

    Authors: Victor E Pollak and Jonathan A Lorch

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2007 7:38

    Content type: Research article

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  47. Automatic word alignment of parallel texts with the same content in different languages is among other things used to generate dictionaries for new translations. The quality of the generated word alignment dep...

    Authors: Mikael Nyström, Magnus Merkel, Håkan Petersson and Hans Åhlfeldt

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2007 7:37

    Content type: Research article

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