Approaches for the visualization of health information

Vishakha Sharma, Andrew Stranieri, Sally Firmin, Heather Mays, Frada Burstein

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    Clinical reasoning leading to diagnosis or treatment decisions in the modern era can be complex due to scenarios that often involve multiple morbidities, unique patient contexts and the plethora of evidence repositories and guidelines now available. The complexity impacts in clinical group settings such as ward rounds, multidisciplinary meetings or shared care contexts where health care professionals unfamiliar with a patient's context must be briefed, usually within tight time constraints. The complexity also impacts on shared care as patients often struggle to understand clinical decision making. In this article, a case is advanced that the knowledge transfer required can be facilitated if relevant information is presented to patients and health care professionals visually. A categorisation of diagrams for this is advanced. Illustrative examples include a diagram that presents key information for a treatment decision. The suggestion is made that decisions about elements to include in diagrams vary according to patient and organisational circumstances. Insights from participants who assessed the diagrams are presented.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Australasian Computer Science Week Multiconference 2018, Brisbane, Australia, ACSW 2018
    EditorsMinh Ngoc Dinh
    Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Print)9781450354363
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2018
    EventAustralasian Workshop on Health Informatics and Knowledge Management (HIKM) 2018 - Brisbane, Australia
    Duration: 29 Jan 20182 Feb 2018
    Conference number: 11th


    WorkshopAustralasian Workshop on Health Informatics and Knowledge Management (HIKM) 2018
    Abbreviated titleHIKM 2018


    • Design Science
    • Diagrams
    • Health Informatics
    • Visualisations

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