Medical Practice

Computers in Medicine: A survey of decision aids for clinicians

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982; 285 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.285.6351.1332 (Published 06 November 1982) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982;285:1332
  1. D W Young

    Abstract

    Inconsistency in applying medical knowledge is a major reason for varying standards of medical care. Five types of aid have been introduced into medicine to help decision-making: questionnaires, algorithms, database systems, diagnostic systems, and, finally, computer-based decision-support systems. Of these, the most effective act as reminder or prompt systems to assist doctors without threatening their clinical freedom.

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