Parallel Design of Browsing Scheme and Data Model for Multi-Level Hierarchical Application Devoted to Management of Patient with Infectious Disease in Primary Care

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2017;235:421-425.


Many decision systems are based on a hierarchical approach, enriching the known context used to finally choose the right potential action. Designing the scheme for browsing the clinical guidelines is a task devoted to expert in infectious diseases. Designing the data model is a task devoted to the expert in data modeling. As a consequence, browsing scheme and data model generally differ in terms of abstraction levels. While the browsing scheme proposes to navigate into depth, the data model stays flat. We propose here a novel method to design in parallel the browsing scheme and the data model so that both of them reflect the different abstraction levels in decision process.

Keywords: Antibiotic Prescription; Clinical Decision Support System; Clinical Practice guidelines; Data model; Hierarchical browsing.

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Factual
  • Decision Support Systems, Clinical*
  • Humans
  • Information Storage and Retrieval / methods*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Software