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Analyzing Clinical Practice Guidelines Using a Decidable Metric Interval-Based Temporal Logic

  • Morteza Yousef Sanati
  • Wendy MacCaull
  • Thomas S. E. Maibaum
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8442)

Abstract

A Clinical Practice Guideline defines best practices to be followed by clinicians to manage a particular disease. Checking the quality of such guidelines is a very important issue, e.g., designers of the guidelines should ensure their consistency. A formal modelling approach is an appropriate choice due to the complexity of these guidelines. In this paper, we develop a metric interval-based temporal logic, which is suitable for such modelling and then propose a method for checking the satisfiability of such guidelines, to assure their consistency. As a case study, we use the logic to model a real-life guideline, the Active Tuberculosis Diagnosis guideline.

Keywords

Clinical Practice Guidelines Metric interval-based temporal logic Tableau-based satisfiability checking Guideline modelling 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Morteza Yousef Sanati
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wendy MacCaull
    • 3
  • Thomas S. E. Maibaum
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computing and SoftwareMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceBu-Ali Sina UniversityHamedanIran
  3. 3.Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer ScienceSt. Francis Xavier UniversityAntigonishCanada

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