Clinical Practice Guideline Formalization

Project Overview

Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) contain a wealth of information concerning decisions about prevention, diagnosis, treatment, other clinical tasks. This information is the product of an expensive human effort to synthesize current evidence into textual summaries. Such effort is motivated by the belief that adherence to guideline recommendations will reduce unnecessary variability in clinical decisions and lead to overall improvement in patient and fiscal outcomes. However, despite these perceived benefits, it has been difficult to introduce CPGs into everyday practice in a way that reliably affects clinical decisions. This project aims to increase the utility of CPGs by developing an automatic formalization process that will allow a computer system (e.g., a clinical decision support system) to consume and use the medical knowledge contained in CPG documents. [1]



  1. [gerber2012automatic] Gerber, M., D. Brown, and J. Harrison, "Automatic Formalization of Clinical Practice Guidelines", Proceedings of the AAAI Fall Symposium on Information Retrieval and Knowledge Discovery in Biomedical Text, 2012.