Fuzzy cognitive map software tool for treatment management of uncomplicated urinary tract infection

 
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Fuzzy cognitive map software tool for treatment management of uncomplicated urinary tract infection (EN)

Παπαγεωργίου, Ελπινίκη Ι. (EL)

Τ.Ε.Ι. Αθήνας. Σχολή Τεχνολογικών Εφαρμογών. Τμήμα Μηχανικών Βιοϊατρικής Τεχνολογίας Τ.Ε. (EL)

Uncomplicated urinary tract infection (uUTI) is a bacterial infection that affects individuals with normal urinary tracts from both structural and functional perspective. The appropriate antibiotics and treatment suggestions to individuals suffer of uUTI is an important and complex task that demands a special attention. How to decrease the unsafely use of antibiotics and their consumption is an important issue in medical treatment. Aiming to model medical decision making for uUTI treatment, an innovative and flexible approach called fuzzy cognitive maps (FCMs) is proposed to handle with uncertainty and missing information. The FCM is a promising technique for modeling knowledge and/or medical guidelines/treatment suggestions and reasoning with it. A software tool, namely FCM-uUTI DSS, is investigated in this work to produce a decision support module for uUTI treatment management. The software tool was tested (evaluated) in a number of 38 patient cases, showing its functionality and demonstrating that the use of the FCMs as dynamic models is reliable and good. The results have shown that the suggested FCM-uUTI tool gives a front-end decision on antibiotics’ suggestion for uUTI treatment and are considered as helpful references for physicians and patients. Due to its easy graphical representation and simulation process the proposed FCM formalization could be used to make the medical knowledge widely available through computer consultation systems. (EN)

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Επιλογή αντιβιοτικού (EN)
Urinary tract infection (EN)
Antibiotic selection (EN)
Ουρολοίμωξη (EN)

ΤΕΙ Αθήνας (EL)
Technological Educational Institute of Athens (EN)

Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine (EN)

English

2012

doi:10.1016/j.cmpb.2011.09.006

Elsevier B.V. (EN)



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