Algorithm and care pathway: Clinical guidelines and healthcare processes

  • Colin Gordon
  • Peter Johnson
  • Chris Waite
  • Mario Veloso
Protocols and Guidelines
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1211)


This paper reports ongoing work in the project PRESTIGE: Guidelines in Healthcare. An approach has been developed to representing the knowledge content of clinical guideline and protocols, using a declarative model incorporating a lifecycle model of clinical acts and activities. We also encountered the need to analyse and model the healthcare processes in which the use of a clinical guideline is embedded. A business process re-engineering (BPRE) methodology, developed in the previous AIM programme project SHINE, has been used for this purpose, enabling the mapping of the knowledge components of a clinical guideline to the specific healthcare processes where they are applicable. We review the need for a combination of algorithmic and process-oriented views of guideline knowledge in order to enable effective delivery of guideline-based clinical decision support.


Clinical Guideline Medical Informatics Guideline Implementation Knowledge Component Healthcare Process 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Colin Gordon
    • 1
  • Peter Johnson
    • 2
  • Chris Waite
    • 3
  • Mario Veloso
    • 4
  1. 1.Royal Brompton HospitalUK
  2. 2.Sowerby Unit for Primary Care InformaticsUniversity of NewcastleAustralia
  3. 3.Siemens Nixdorf Health SolutionsGermany
  4. 4.CENTISLisbon

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