A Framework for Defining and Verifying Clinical Guidelines: A Case Study on Cancer Screening

  • Federico Chesani
  • Pietro De Matteis
  • Paola Mello
  • Marco Montali
  • Sergio Storari
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4203)


Medical guidelines are clinical behaviour recommendations used to help and support physicians in the definition of the most appropriate diagnosis and/or therapy within determinate clinical circumstances. Due to the intrinsic complexity of such guidelines, their application is not a trivial task; hence it is important to verify if health-care workers behave in a conform manner w.r.t. the intended model, and to evaluate how much their behaviour differs.

In this paper we present the GPROVE framework that we are developing within a regional project to describe medical guidelines in a visual way and to automatically perform the conformance verification.


Colorectal Cancer Screening Regional Project Interaction Protocol Constraint Logic Programming Medical Guideline 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Federico Chesani
    • 1
  • Pietro De Matteis
    • 2
  • Paola Mello
    • 1
  • Marco Montali
    • 1
  • Sergio Storari
    • 3
  1. 1.DEISUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.NOEMALIFEBolognaItaly
  3. 3.ENDIFUniversity of FerraraFerraraItaly

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