A method for subdividing clinical guidelines into process modules with associated triggers and objectives to facilitate implementation.

Roger S. Luckmann, Aziz A. Boxwala, Robert A. Greenes

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Representation of multi-step clinical guidelines (CG) and their implementation in computerized decision support (DS) systems are complex and logistically challenging tasks. However, many simple rules based on CGs (e.g., medical logic modules), have been successfully implemented through a few popular DS models (e.g., prevention reminders, order entry systems). To facilitate mapping of CGs to practical DS models, we propose an empirical method for sub-dividing CGs into modules according to the locus in a clinical process flow model where implementation would be most effective (e.g., post-encounter provider order entry). We further propose a classification of triggers and objectives for CG modules that provides a framework for a DS system to implement the module Successful application of the method to ten diverse CGs in the outpatient setting is described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalAMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings / AMIA Symposium. AMIA Symposium
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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