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  1. Men with prostate cancer are often challenged to choose between conservative management and a range of available treatment options each carrying varying risks and benefits. The trade-offs are between an improv...

    Authors: Salimah H Meghani, Christopher S Lee, Alexandra L Hanlon and Deborah W Bruner

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:47

    Content type: Research article

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  2. The objective of this feasibility study was to gain insight into occupational physicians' (OPs) and employees' use of, and attitudes towards, 'Snelbeter' (Get Well Fast), a new web-based counselling program fo...

    Authors: Tanja de Jong, Judith Heinrich, Birgitte M Blatter, Johannes R Anema and Allard J van der Beek

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:46

    Content type: Research article

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  3. The analysis of pelvic CT scans is a crucial step for detecting and assessing the severity of Traumatic Pelvic Injuries. Automating the processing of pelvic CT scans could impact decision accuracy, decrease th...

    Authors: Simina Vasilache, Kevin Ward, Charles Cockrell, Jonathan Ha and Kayvan Najarian

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9(Suppl 1):S8

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 9 Supplement 1

  4. Early detection of outdoor aerosol releases of anthrax is an important problem. The Bayesian Aerosol Release Detector (BARD) is a system for detecting releases of aerosolized anthrax and characterizing them in...

    Authors: Aurel Cami, Garrick L Wallstrom and William R Hogan

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9(Suppl 1):S7

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 9 Supplement 1

  5. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) has been proven to be useful for studying brain functions. However, due to the existence of noise and distortion, mapping between the fMRI signal and the actual neu...

    Authors: Soo-Yeon Ji, Kevin Ward and Kayvan Najarian

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9(Suppl 1):S6

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 9 Supplement 1

  6. Publication databases in biomedicine (e.g., PubMed, MEDLINE) are growing rapidly in size every year, as are public databases of experimental biological data and annotations derived from the data. Publications ...

    Authors: Paul Breimyer, Nathan Green, Vinay Kumar and Nagiza F Samatova

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9(Suppl 1):S5

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 9 Supplement 1

  7. Accurate analysis of CT brain scans is vital for diagnosis and treatment of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). Automatic processing of these CT brain scans could speed up the decision making process, lower the co...

    Authors: Wenan Chen, Rebecca Smith, Soo-Yeon Ji, Kevin R Ward and Kayvan Najarian

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9(Suppl 1):S4

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 9 Supplement 1

  8. Capturing accurate and machine-interpretable primary data from clinical encounters is a challenging task, yet critical to the integrity of the practice of medicine. We explore the intriguing possibility that t...

    Authors: Jeffrey G Klann and Peter Szolovits

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9(Suppl 1):S3

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 9 Supplement 1

  9. Traumatic pelvic injuries are often associated with severe, life-threatening hemorrhage, and immediate medical treatment is therefore vital. However, patient prognosis depends heavily on the type, location and...

    Authors: Rebecca Smith, Kayvan Najarian and Kevin Ward

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9(Suppl 1):S2

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 9 Supplement 1

  10. Digital mammography is one of the most promising options to diagnose breast cancer which is the most common cancer in women. However, its effectiveness is enfeebled due to the difficulty in distinguishing actu...

    Authors: Sejong Yoon and Saejoon Kim

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9(Suppl 1):S1

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 9 Supplement 1

  11. This article [1] has been retracted because the Editors are unable to ensure the scientific veracity of the findings or the ethical conduct of the authors despite an extensive investigation.

    Authors: Hui-Chuan Shih, Pesus Chou, Chi-Ming Liu and Tao-Hsin Tung

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:45

    Content type: Retraction Note

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    The original article was published in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2007 7:34

  12. Advances in technology and the scientific understanding of disease processes are presenting new opportunities to improve health through individualized approaches to patient management referred to as personaliz...

    Authors: Gregory J Downing, Scott N Boyle, Kristin M Brinner and Jerome A Osheroff

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:44

    Content type: Debate

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  13. There are few studies that examine the processes that interdisciplinary teams engage in and how we can design health information systems (HIS) to support those team processes. This was an exploratory study wit...

    Authors: Craig E Kuziemsky, Elizabeth M Borycki, Mary Ellen Purkis, Fraser Black, Michael Boyle, Denise Cloutier-Fisher, Lee Ann Fox, Patricia MacKenzie, Ann Syme, Coby Tschanz, Wendy Wainwright and Helen Wong

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:43

    Content type: Research article

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  14. The DREAM Project operates within the framework of the national health systems of several sub-Saharan African countries and aims to introduce the essential components of an integrated strategy for the preventi...

    Authors: Andrea Nucita, Giuseppe M Bernava, Michelangelo Bartolo, Fabio Di Pane Masi, Pietro Giglio, Marco Peroni, Giovanni Pizzimenti and Leonardo Palombi

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:42

    Content type: Correspondence

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  15. Combining multiple databases with disjunctive or additional information on the same person is occurring increasingly throughout research. If unique identification numbers for these individuals are not availabl...

    Authors: Rainer Schnell, Tobias Bachteler and Jörg Reiher

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:41

    Content type: Technical advance

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  16. People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) should use DMARDs (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs) within the first three months of symptoms in order to prevent irreversible joint damage. However, recent studies...

    Authors: Linda C Li, Paul Adam, Anne F Townsend, Dawn Stacey, Diane Lacaille, Susan Cox, Jessie McGowan, Peter Tugwell, Gerri Sinclair, Kendall Ho and Catherine L Backman

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:40

    Content type: Study protocol

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  17. Routine surveillance of disease notification data can enable the early detection of localised disease outbreaks. Although hidden Markov models (HMMs) have been recognised as an appropriate method to model dise...

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

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:39

    Content type: Research article

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  18. The use of electronic health records (EHRs) to support the organization and delivery of healthcare is evolving rapidly. However, little is known regarding potential variation in access to EHRs by provider type...

    Authors: Margo C Orchard, Mark J Dobrow, Lawrence Paszat, Hedy Jiang and Patrick Brown

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:38

    Content type: Research article

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  19. The penetration rate of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems in health care is increasing. However, many different EHR-systems are used with varying ePrescription designs and functionalities. The aim of the ...

    Authors: Lina Hellström, Karolina Waern, Emelie Montelius, Bengt Åstrand, Tony Rydberg and Göran Petersson

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:37

    Content type: Research article

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  20. The early identification of influenza outbreaks has became a priority in public health practice. A large variety of statistical algorithms for the automated monitoring of influenza surveillance have been propo...

    Authors: David Conesa, Antonio López-Quílez, Miguel Ángel Martínez-Beneito, María Teresa Miralles and Francisco Verdejo

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:36

    Content type: Software

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  21. Health information technology (HIT) may improve health care quality and outcomes, in part by making information available in a timelier manner. However, there are few studies documenting the changes in timely ...

    Authors: Naomi S Bardach, Jie Huang, Richard Brand and John Hsu

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:35

    Content type: Research article

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  22. The first step in practising Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) has been described as translating clinical uncertainty into a structured and focused clinical question that can be used to search the literature to as...

    Authors: Keith Lloyd, Matteo Cella, Michael Tanenblatt and Anni Coden

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:34

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Exchange of Electronic Health Record (EHR) data between systems from different suppliers is a major challenge. EHR communication based on archetype methodology has been developed by openEHR and CEN/ISO. The ex...

    Authors: Rong Chen, Gunnar O Klein, Erik Sundvall, Daniel Karlsson and Hans Åhlfeldt

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:33

    Content type: Research article

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  24. This paper presents the rationale for designing and implementing the next-generation of public health information systems using grid computing concepts and tools. Our attempt is to evaluate all grid types incl...

    Authors: Catherine J Staes, Wu Xu, Samuel D LeFevre, Ronald C Price, Scott P Narus, Adi Gundlapalli, Robert Rolfs, Barry Nangle, Matthew Samore and Julio C Facelli

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:32

    Content type: Debate

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  25. Data protection is important for all information systems that deal with human-subjects data. Grid-based systems – such as the cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG) – seek to develop new mechanisms to faci...

    Authors: Frank J Manion, Robert J Robbins, William A Weems and Rebecca S Crowley

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:31

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Currently ambulatory patients break one in four tablets before ingestion. Roughly 10% of them are not suitable for splitting because they lack score lines or because enteric or modified release coating is dest...

    Authors: Renate Quinzler, Simon PW Schmitt, Maria Pritsch, Jens Kaltschmidt and Walter E Haefeli

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:30

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Many hospital departments have implemented small clinical departmental systems (CDSs) to collect and use patient data for documentation as well as for other department-specific purposes. As hospitals are imple...

    Authors: Eivind Vedvik, Aksel H Tjora and Arild Faxvaag

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:29

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Clinical guidelines carry medical evidence to the point of practice. As evidence is not always available, many guidelines do not provide recommendations for all clinical situations encountered in practice. We ...

    Authors: Massoud Toussi, Jean-Baptiste Lamy, Philippe Le Toumelin and Alain Venot

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:28

    Content type: Research article

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  29. The outcome of patients with bacteraemia is influenced by the initial selection of adequate antimicrobial therapy. The objective of our study was to clarify the influence of different crude data correction met...

    Authors: Ojan Assadian, Magda Diab-Elschahawi, Athanasios Makristathis, Alexander Blacky, Walter Koller and Klaus-Peter Adlassnig

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:27

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Newborn screening, which identifies inherited disorders and sometimes carrier status, will increasingly involve health professionals in the provision of appropriate information and support to children and thei...

    Authors: Fiona Ulph, Ellen Townsend and Cris Glazebrook

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:26

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Revised consensus sepsis definitions have been published in 2003. The present study was performed to compare the prevalence of different stages of sepsis and ICU mortality rates and find out the case mix withi...

    Authors: Manfred Weiss, Markus Huber-Lang, Michael Taenzer, Karl Traeger, Juergen Altherr, Martina Kron, Birgit Hay and Marion Schneider

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:25

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Individuals claiming a disability benefit after long-term sickness absence, have to undergo medical disability assessments. These assessments, often carried out by specialized physicians, can be complicated by...

    Authors: David Samoocha, David J Bruinvels, Johannes R Anema, Romy Steenbeek and Allard J van der Beek

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:23

    Content type: Study protocol

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  33. Chronic diseases affect millions of children worldwide leading to substantial disease burden to the children and their families as well as escalating health care costs. The increasing trend in the prevalence o...

    Authors: Fatemeh Moeinedin, Rahim Moineddin, Alejandro R Jadad, Jemila S Hamid, Teresa To and Joseph Beyene

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:22

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Public health surveillance is the monitoring of data to detect and quantify unusual health events. Monitoring pre-diagnostic data, such as emergency department (ED) patient chief complaints, enables rapid dete...

    Authors: Ryan P Hafen, David E Anderson, William S Cleveland, Ross Maciejewski, David S Ebert, Ahmad Abusalah, Mohamed Yakout, Mourad Ouzzani and Shaun J Grannis

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:21

    Content type: Research article

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  35. This paper by John D. Keen and James E. Keen addresses a thorny subject. The numerical findings and commentaries in their paper will be disturbing to some readers and seem to defy logic and well established vi...

    Authors: Michael Retsky

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:20

    Content type: Commentary

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  36. We analyzed the claim "mammography saves lives" by calculating the life-saving absolute benefit of screening mammography in reducing breast cancer mortality in women ages 40 to 65.

    Authors: John D Keen and James E Keen

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:18

    Content type: Research article

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  37. In recent years, the completion of the Human Genome Project and other rapid advances in genomics have led to increasing anticipation of an era of genomic and personalized medicine, in which an individual's hea...

    Authors: Kensaku Kawamoto, David F Lobach, Huntington F Willard and Geoffrey S Ginsburg

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:17

    Content type: Debate

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  38. A timely detection of outbreaks through surveillance is needed in order to prevent future pandemics. However, current surveillance systems may not be prepared to accomplish this goal, especially in resource li...

    Authors: Moises A Huaman, Roger V Araujo-Castillo, Giselle Soto, Joan M Neyra, Jose A Quispe, Miguel F Fernandez, Carmen C Mundaca and David L Blazes

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:16

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Adoption of EHRs by U.S. ambulatory practices has been slow despite the perceived benefits of their use. Most evaluations of EHR implementations in the literature apply to large practice settings. While there ...

    Authors: Nancy M Lorenzi, Angelina Kouroubali, Don E Detmer and Meryl Bloomrosen

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:15

    Content type: Debate

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  40. The health impacts of heat waves are serious and have prompted the development of heat wave response plans. Even when they are efficient, these plans are developed to limit the health effects of heat waves. Th...

    Authors: Loïc Josseran, Nadège Caillère, Dominique Brun-Ney, Jean Rottner, Laurent Filleul, Gilles Brucker and Pascal Astagneau

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:14

    Content type: Research article

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  41. With wide applications of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) and surface-enhanced laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (SELDI-TO...

    Authors: Yuan Cao, Na Wang, Xiaomin Ying, Ailing Li, Hengsha Wang, Xuemin Zhang and Wuju Li

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:13

    Content type: Software

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  42. Computerized decision support systems (CDSS) are believed to have the potential to improve the quality of health care delivery, although results from high quality studies have been mixed. We conducted a system...

    Authors: Brent Mollon, Jaron JR Chong, Anne M Holbrook, Melani Sung, Lehana Thabane and Gary Foster

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:11

    Content type: Research article

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  43. The practice of evidence-based medicine (EBM) requires clinicians to integrate their expertise with the latest scientific research. But this is becoming increasingly difficult with the growing numbers of publi...

    Authors: Grace Y Chung

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:10

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Investing in computer-based information systems is notoriously risky, since many systems fail to become routinely used as part of everyday working practices, yet there is clear evidence about the management pr...

    Authors: David Boddy, Gerry King, Julia S Clark, David Heaney and Frances Mair

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:9

    Content type: Research article

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  45. The introduction of electronic transfer of prescriptions (ETP) or ePrescriptions in ambulatory health care has been suggested to have a positive impact on the prescribing and dispensing processes. Thereby, imp...

    Authors: Bengt Åstrand, Emelie Montelius, Göran Petersson and Anders Ekedahl

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:8

    Content type: Research article

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  46. The purpose of this study is to identify publication output, and research areas, as well as descriptively and quantitatively characterize the field of medical informatics through publication trend analysis ove...

    Authors: Jonathan P DeShazo, Donna L LaVallie and Fredric M Wolf

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:7

    Content type: Research article

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  47. Despite wide promotion, clinical practice guidelines have had limited effect in changing physician behavior. Effective implementation strategies to date have included: multifaceted interventions involving audi...

    Authors: Madhukar H Trivedi, Ella J Daly, Janet K Kern, Bruce D Grannemann, Prabha Sunderajan and Cynthia A Claassen

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2009 9:6

    Content type: Research article

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