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  1. Artificial neural networks (ANNs) are widely studied for evaluating diseases. This paper discusses the intelligence mode of an ANN in grading the diagnosis of liver fibrosis by duplex ultrasonogaphy.

    Authors: Li Zhang, Qiao-ying LI, Yun-you Duan, Guo-zhen Yan, Yi-lin Yang and Rui-jing Yang

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:55

    Content type: Research article

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  2. The aim of this study was to develop a new data-mining model to predict axillary lymph node (AxLN) metastasis in primary breast cancer. To achieve this, we used a decision tree-based prediction method—the alte...

    Authors: Masahiro Takada, Masahiro Sugimoto, Yasuhiro Naito, Hyeong-Gon Moon, Wonshik Han, Dong-Young Noh, Masahide Kondo, Katsumasa Kuroi, Hironobu Sasano, Takashi Inamoto, Masaru Tomita and Masakazu Toi

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:54

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Compared with non-Latinos, Latinos in the US have low rates of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening and low rates of knowledge regarding CRC screening tests and guidelines. Spanish speaking Latinos have particula...

    Authors: Daniel S Reuland, Linda K Ko, Alicia Fernandez, Laura C Braswell and Michael Pignone

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:53

    Content type: Research article

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  4. In order to explore the influence of anxiety on decision–making processes, valid anxiety measures are needed. We evaluated a prostate cancer screening (PCS) anxiety scale that measures anxiety related to the p...

    Authors: Suzanne K Linder, Paul R Swank, Sally W Vernon, Robert O Morgan, Patricia D Mullen and Robert J Volk

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:52

    Content type: Research article

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  5. The purpose of this paper is to examine the acceptability, feasibility, reliability and validity of a new decision quality instrument that assesses the extent to which patients are informed and receive treatme...

    Authors: Karen R Sepucha, Jeffrey K Belkora, Yuchiao Chang, Carol Cosenza, Carrie A Levin, Beverly Moy, Ann Partridge and Clara N Lee

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:51

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Several low and middle-income countries are implementing electronic health records (EHR). In the near future, EHRs could become an efficient tool to evaluate healthcare performance if appropriate indicators ar...

    Authors: Ricardo Pérez-Cuevas, Svetlana V Doubova, Magdalena Suarez-Ortega, Michael Law, Aakanksha H Pande, Jorge Escobedo, Francisco Espinosa-Larrañaga, Dennis Ross-Degnan and Anita K Wagner

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:50

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Tools to enhance physician searches of Medline and other bibliographic databases have potential to improve the application of new knowledge in patient care. This is particularly true for articles about glomeru...

    Authors: Ainslie M Hildebrand, Arthur V Iansavichus, Christopher WC Lee, R Brian Haynes, Nancy L Wilczynski, K Ann McKibbon, Michelle A Hladunewich, William F Clark, Daniel C Cattran and Amit X Garg

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:49

    Content type: Research article

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  8. The successful implementation of decision aids in clinical practice initially depends on how clinicians perceive them. Relatively little is known about the acceptance of decision aids by physicians and factors...

    Authors: Oliver Hirsch, Heidemarie Keller, Tanja Krones and Norbert Donner-Banzhoff

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:48

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Clinical trials are the primary mechanism for advancing clinical care and evidenced-based practice, yet challenges with the recruitment of participants for such trials are widely recognized as a major barrier ...

    Authors: Taylor R Pressler, Po-Yin Yen, Jing Ding, Jianhua Liu, Peter J Embi and Philip R O Payne

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:47

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Anesthesia information management system (AIMS) records should be designed and configured to facilitate the accurate and prompt recording of multiple drugs administered coincidentally or in rapid succession.

    Authors: Anil A Marian, Franklin Dexter, Peter Tucker and Michael M Todd

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:46

    Content type: Research article

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  11. The effectiveness of weight loss therapies is commonly measured using body mass index and other obesity-related variables. Although these data are often stored in electronic health records (EHRs) and potential...

    Authors: G Craig Wood, Xin Chu, Christina Manney, William Strodel, Anthony Petrick, Jon Gabrielsen, Jamie Seiler, David Carey, George Argyropoulos, Peter Benotti, Christopher D Still and Glenn S Gerhard

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:45

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Compared with the increasingly widespread use of picture archiving and communication systems (PACSs), knowledge concerning users’ acceptance of such systems is limited. Knowledge of acceptance is needed given ...

    Authors: Bakheet Aldosari

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:44

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Jurisdictional drug information systems are being implemented in many regions around the world. British Columbia, Canada has had a provincial medication dispensing record, PharmaNet, system since 1995. Little ...

    Authors: Morgan Price, Mike Bowen, Francis Lau, Nicole Kitson and Stan Bardal

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:42

    Content type: Research article

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  14. PubMed data potentially can provide decision support information, but PubMed was not exclusively designed to be a point-of-care tool. Natural language processing applications that summarize PubMed citations ho...

    Authors: T Elizabeth Workman, Marcelo Fiszman and John F Hurdle

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:41

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Immediate access to patients’ complete health records via electronic databases could improve healthcare and facilitate health research. However, the possible benefits of a national electronic health records (E...

    Authors: Serena Luchenski, Anjali Balasanthiran, Cicely Marston, Kaori Sasaki, Azeem Majeed, Derek Bell and Julie E Reed

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:40

    Content type: Study protocol

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  16. Data stored in personally controlled health records (PCHRs) may hold value for clinicians and public health entities, if patients and their families will share them. We sought to characterize consumer willingn...

    Authors: Elissa R Weitzman, Skyler Kelemen, Liljana Kaci and Kenneth D Mandl

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:39

    Content type: Research article

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  17. An important prerequisite for the Chronic Care Model is to be able to identify, in a valid, simple and inexpensive way, the population with a chronic condition that needs proactive and planned care. We investi...

    Authors: Margrethe Smidth, Ineta Sokolowski, Lone Kærsvang and Peter Vedsted

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:38

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Death records are a rich source of data, which can be used to assist with public surveillance and/or decision support. However, to use this type of data for such purposes it has to be transformed into a coded ...

    Authors: Kailah Davis, Catherine Staes, Jeff Duncan, Sean Igo and Julio C Facelli

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:37

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Extraction of clinical information such as medications or problems from clinical text is an important task of clinical natural language processing (NLP). Rule-based methods are often used in clinical NLP syste...

    Authors: Son Doan, Nigel Collier, Hua Xu, Pham Hoang Duy and Tu Minh Phuong

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:36

    Content type: Research article

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  20. The contact networks between individuals can have a profound impact on the evolution of an infectious outbreak within a network. The impact of the interaction between contact network and disease dynamics on in...

    Authors: Mohammad Hashemian, Kevin Stanley and Nathaniel Osgood

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:35

    Content type: Research article

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  21. There exist many academic search solutions and most of them can be put on either ends of spectrum: general-purpose search and domain-specific "deep" search systems. The general-purpose search systems, such as ...

    Authors: Jaehoon Choi, Donghyeon Kim, Seongsoon Kim, Sunwon Lee, Kyubum Lee and Jaewoo Kang

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12(Suppl 1):S7

    Content type: Proceedings

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 12 Supplement 1

  22. This paper describes the analysis of a database of over 180,000 patient records, collected from over 23,000 patients, by the hearing aid clinic at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, UK. These rec...

    Authors: Muhammad N Anwar and Michael P Oakes

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12(Suppl 1):S6

    Content type: Proceedings

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 12 Supplement 1

  23. Biofuels produced from biomass are considered to be promising sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels. The conversion of lignocellulose into fermentable sugars for biofuels production requires the use of enzy...

    Authors: Marie-Jean Meurs, Caitlin Murphy, Ingo Morgenstern, Greg Butler, Justin Powlowski, Adrian Tsang and René Witte

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12(Suppl 1):S5

    Content type: Proceedings

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 12 Supplement 1

  24. This work describes a system for identifying event mentions in bio-molecular research abstracts that are either speculative (e.g. analysis of IkappaBalpha phosphorylation, where it is not specified whether phosph...

    Authors: Andrew MacKinlay, David Martinez and Timothy Baldwin

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12(Suppl 1):S4

    Content type: Proceedings

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 12 Supplement 1

  25. Clinical trials are mandatory protocols describing medical research on humans and among the most valuable sources of medical practice evidence. Searching for trials relevant to some query is laborious due to t...

    Authors: Ioannis Korkontzelos, Tingting Mu and Sophia Ananiadou

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12(Suppl 1):S3

    Content type: Proceedings

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 12 Supplement 1

  26. The calcium-imaging technique allows us to record movies of brain activity in the antennal lobe of the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster, a brain compartment dedicated to information about odors. Signal processing...

    Authors: Martin Strauch and C Giovanni Galizia

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12(Suppl 1):S2

    Content type: Proceedings

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 12 Supplement 1

  27. The Swanson's ABC model is powerful to infer hidden relationships buried in biological literature. However, the model is inadequate to infer relations with context information. In addition, the model generates...

    Authors: Sejoon Lee, Jaejoon Choi, Kyunghyun Park, Min Song and Doheon Lee

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12(Suppl 1):S1

    Content type: Proceedings

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 12 Supplement 1

  28. Accurate information is needed to direct healthcare systems’ efforts to control methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Assembling complete and correct microbiology data is vital to understanding and ...

    Authors: Makoto Jones, Scott L DuVall, Joshua Spuhl, Matthew H Samore, Christopher Nielson and Michael Rubin

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:34

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Systematic Reviews (SRs) are an essential part of evidence-based medicine, providing support for clinical practice and policy on a wide range of medical topics. However, producing SRs is resource-intensive, an...

    Authors: Aaron M Cohen, Kyle Ambert and Marian McDonagh

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:33

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Providers and policymakers are pursuing strategies to increase patient engagement in health care. Increasingly, online sections of medical records are viewable by patients though seldom are clinicians' visit n...

    Authors: Suzanne G Leveille, Janice Walker, James D Ralston, Stephen E Ross, Joann G Elmore and Tom Delbanco

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:32

    Content type: Study protocol

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  31. Narrative medical reports do not use standardized terminology and often bring insufficient information for statistical processing and medical decision making. Objectives of the paper are to propose a method fo...

    Authors: Petra Přečková, Jana Zvárová and Karel Zvára

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:31

    Content type: Research article

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  32. In the past 20 years, society has witnessed the following landmark scientific advances: (i) the sequencing of the human genome, (ii) the distribution of software by the open source movement, and (iii) the inve...

    Authors: Alex P Cunningham, Antonis C Antoniou and Douglas F Easton

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:30

    Content type: Software

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  33. Over the last few decades, the ever-increasing output of scientific publications has led to new challenges to keep up to date with the literature. In the biomedical area, this growth has introduced new require...

    Authors: David Perez-Rey, Ana Jimenez-Castellanos, Miguel Garcia-Remesal, Jose Crespo and Victor Maojo

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:29

    Content type: Software

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  34. In France, recent developments in healthcare system organization have aimed at strengthening decision-making and action in public health at the regional level. Firstly, the 2004 Public Health Act, by setting 1...

    Authors: Marie-Hélène Metzger, Thierry Durand, Stéphane Lallich, Roger Salamon and Philippe Castets

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:28

    Content type: Debate

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  35. The disruptive potential of the Nurse Practitioner (NP) is evident in their ability to offer services traditionally provided by primary care practitioners and their provision of a health promotion model of car...

    Authors: Julie Li, Johanna Westbrook, Joanne Callen and Andrew Georgiou

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:27

    Content type: Research article

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  36. This paper explores the meanings given by a diverse range of stakeholders to a decision aid aimed at helping carers of people in early to moderate stages of dementia (PWD) to select community based respite ser...

    Authors: Christine Stirling, Barbara Lloyd, Jenn Scott, Jenny Abbey, Toby Croft and Andrew Robinson

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:26

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Better use of e-health services by patients could improve outcomes and reduce costs but there are concerns about inequalities of access. Previous research in outpatients suggested that anonymous personal email...

    Authors: Ray B Jones, Anita O'Connor, Jade Brelsford, Neil Parsons and Heather Skirton

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:25

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Health economic analysis traditionally relies on patient derived questionnaire data, routine datasets, and outcomes data from experimental randomised control trials and other clinical studies, which are genera...

    Authors: Muhammad J Husain, Sinead Brophy, Steven Macey, Leila M Pinder, Mark D Atkinson, Roxanne Cooksey, Ceri J Phillips and Stefan Siebert

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:24

    Content type: Research article

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  39. The task of spatial cluster detection involves finding spatial regions where some property deviates from the norm or the expected value. In a probabilistic setting this task can be expressed as finding a regio...

    Authors: Yuriy Sverchkov, Xia Jiang and Gregory F Cooper

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:22

    Content type: Technical advance

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  40. Decision aids are often used to assist individuals confronted with a diagnosis of a serious illness to make decisions about treatment options. However, they are rarely utilised to help those with chronic or ag...

    Authors: Christine Stirling, Susan Leggett, Barbara Lloyd, Jenn Scott, Leigh Blizzard, Stephen Quinn and Andrew Robinson

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:21

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Increasingly, evidence-based health information, in particular evidence from systematic reviews, is being made available to lay audiences, in addition to health professionals. Research efforts have focused on ...

    Authors: Sophie Hill, Graziella Filippini, Anneliese Synnot, Michael Summers, Deirdre Beecher, Cinzia Colombo, Paola Mosconi, Mario A Battaglia, Sue Shapland, Richard H Osborne and Melanie Hawkins

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:20

    Content type: Study protocol

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  42. Hospital in-patient falls constitute a prominent problem in terms of costs and consequences. Geriatric institutions are most often affected, and common screening tools cannot predict in-patient falls consisten...

    Authors: Michael Marschollek, Mehmet Gövercin, Stefan Rust, Matthias Gietzelt, Mareike Schulze, Klaus-Hendrik Wolf and Elisabeth Steinhagen-Thiessen

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:19

    Content type: Research article

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  43. Simulation applications on operations management in hospitals are frequently published and claim to support decision-making on operations management subjects. However, the reported implementation rates of reco...

    Authors: Wineke AM van Lent, Peter VanBerkel and Wim H van Harten

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:18

    Content type: Research article

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  44. The aim of this study is to develop a simple and reliable hybrid decision support model by combining statistical analysis and decision tree algorithms to ensure high accuracy of early diagnosis in patients wit...

    Authors: Chang Sik Son, Byoung Kuk Jang, Suk Tae Seo, Min Soo Kim and Yoon Nyun Kim

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:17

    Content type: Research article

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  45. A large body of work in the clinical guidelines field has identified requirements for guideline systems, but there are formidable challenges in translating such requirements into production-quality systems tha...

    Authors: Hemant Shah, Raymond D Allard, Robert Enberg, Ganesh Krishnan, Patricia Williams and Prakash M Nadkarni

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:16

    Content type: Correspondence

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  46. Evidence suggests that many small- and medium-scale Electronic Health Record (EHR) implementations encounter problems, these often stemming from users' difficulties in accommodating the new technology into the...

    Authors: Kathrin M Cresswell, Allison Worth and Aziz Sheikh

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:15

    Content type: Research article

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  47. The present paper is a first evaluation of the use of "CEAwatch", a clinical support software system for surgeons for the follow-up of colorectal cancer (CRC) patients. This system gathers Carcino-Embryonic An...

    Authors: Charlotte J Verberne, Cornelis H Nijboer, Geertruida H de Bock, Irene Grossmann, Theo Wiggers and Klaas Havenga

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:14

    Content type: Software

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