Modular representation of the guideline text: an approach for maintaining and updating the content of medical education

Med Inform Internet Med. 2003 Jun;28(2):99-115. doi: 10.1080/14639230310001600498.


One of the principal challenges in the medical practice is the update of their knowledge. One of the prime roles of the Continuing Medical Education is to train the medical practitioners with the latest advances in health care, specialized to their needs. Online courses and classroom teaching with computer-based representations have become an established mode of delivering medical education. This paper deals with the modularized representation of a medical text concerning clinical practice guidelines. The proposed system takes into consideration the semantics of the Unified Medical Language System and is based upon the marking up and display of the knowledge using the XML and XSLT languages. This modularization of the concepts leads to the determination of the context of a portion or the whole document. Thus, after marking up using our system, the text components can be exchanged, modified or reconstructed, which, in turn, would help to maintain the updates in medical knowledge.

MeSH terms

  • Artificial Intelligence*
  • Decision Support Systems, Clinical*
  • Education, Medical, Continuing / methods*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • National Library of Medicine (U.S.)
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Programming Languages*
  • PubMed
  • Semantics
  • Unified Medical Language System*
  • United States