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Ontological modelling and rule-based reasoning for the provision of personalized patient education

Quinn, Susan, Bond, Raymond and Nugent, Chris (2015) Ontological modelling and rule-based reasoning for the provision of personalized patient education. Expert Systems, Online . [Journal article]

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URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/exsy.12134/abstract

DOI: 10.1111/exsy.12134.


Current approaches to patient education provide generic standardized materials to all patients regardless of their demographics such as age and cognitive abilities. Thus, the effectiveness of this approach may suffer from a patient's motivation to fully engage with the material. To alleviate these concerns, this study proposes a personalized approach to patient education that is tailored to the individual characteristics and health objectives of the patient. Personalized features will enhance the comprehensibility and usability of the process of medical education. Taking this into consideration, this paper introduces a conceptual architecture to create a web-based personalized patient education experience. A key component of this architecture comprises ontological models of the patient themselves, their medical conditions, physical activities and their educational attainments. Furthermore, rule-based reasoning is also proposed to achieve this personalization. A use case scenario is provided to highlight the effectiveness of personalized education provision.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:ontology, patient education, personalisation, semantic web
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Mathematics
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute > Smart Environments
Computer Science Research Institute
ID Code:33375
Deposited By: Dr Raymond Bond
Deposited On:25 Feb 2016 11:14
Last Modified:25 Feb 2016 11:14

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