Ontology for Task-Based Clinical Guidelines and the Theory of Granular Partitions

  • Anand Kumar
  • Barry Smith
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2780)


The theory of granular partitions (TGP) is a new approach to the understanding of ontologies and other classificatory systems. The paper explores the use of this new theory in the treatment of task-based clinical guidelines as a means for better understanding the relations between different clinical tasks, both within the framework of a single guideline and between related guidelines. We used as our starting point a DAML+OIL-based ontology for the WHO guideline for hypertension management, comparing this with related guidelines and attempting to show that TGP provides a flexible and highly expressive basis for the manipulation of ontologies of a sort which might be useful in providing more adequate Computer Interpretable Guideline Models (CIGMs) in the future.


Clinical Practice Guideline Semantic Type Unify Medical Language System Reference Ontology Health Care Activity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anand Kumar
    • 1
  • Barry Smith
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Medical Informatics, Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of PaviaItaly
  2. 2.Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information ScienceUniversity of Leipzig, Germany and Department of Philosophy, University at Buffalo 

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