Analyzing Recommendations Interactions in Clinical Guidelines

Impact of Action Type Hierarchies and Causation Beliefs
  • Veruska ZamborliniEmail author
  • Marcos da Silveira
  • Cedric Pruski
  • Annette ten Teije
  • Frank van Harmelen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9105)


Accounting for patients with multiple health conditions is a complex task that requires analysing potential interactions among recommendations meant to address each condition. Although some approaches have been proposed to address this issue, important features still require more investigation, such as (re)usability and scalability. To this end, this paper presents an approach that relies on reusable rules for detecting interactions among recommendations coming from various guidelines. It extends previously proposed models by introducing the notions of action type hierarchy and causation beliefs, and provides a systematic analysis of relevant interactions in the context of multimorbidity. Finally, the approach is assessed based on a case-study taken from the literature to highlight the added value of the approach.


Clinical knowledge representation Combining medical guidelines Multimorbidity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Veruska Zamborlini
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Marcos da Silveira
    • 2
  • Cedric Pruski
    • 2
  • Annette ten Teije
    • 1
  • Frank van Harmelen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceVU University AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology - LISTLuxembourgLuxembourg, Europe

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