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Title: Clinical Decision Support System in Oncology: Oncologist's Perceptions and Suggestions
Year of Publication: 2017
Publisher: International Journal of Computer Systems (IJCS)
ISSN: 2394-1065
Series: Volume 04, Number 3, March 2017
Authors: Khair Ul Nisa, Rajeev Kumar

Citation:

Khair Ul Nisa, Rajeev Kumar, "Clinical Decision Support System in Oncology: Oncologist's Perceptions and Suggestions", In International Journal of Computer Systems (IJCS), pp: 38-43, Volume 4, Issue 3, March 2017. BibTeX

@article{key:article,
	author = {Khair Ul Nisa, Rajeev Kumar},
	title = {Clinical Decision Support System in Oncology: Oncologist's Perceptions and Suggestions},
	journal = {International Journal of Computer Systems (IJCS)},
	year = {2017},
	volume = {4},
	number = {3},
	pages = {38-43},
	month = {March}
	}


Abstract

Background: A clinical decision support system (CDSS) is a health information technology system that is designed to provide physicians and other health professionals with overall information about the patients and their health record or in other words clinical decision support (CDS), i.e. assistance with clinical decision-making tasks. Purpose: The main aim of the study was to assess the knowledge, perception and expectations of oncologists from North India (particularly J&K) about the CDSS. Methodology: 100 Oncologists of various hospitals and research institutes of North India were selected as participants for the present survey. A well-prepared questionnaire was provided to the participants containing the questions related to information, perception and prospects towards CDSS. The participants were asked to mark their response on a 5-PointLikert Scale i.e. from Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree. The time motion study was also conducted to identify the issues related to the retrieval of patient information and domain knowledge. Results: The Oncologists had significant knowledge of CDSS and their perception towards CDSS was found to be substantial. The Oncologists felt the need of implementing CDSS in their hospitals so as to increase the healthcare facilities, speed-up the treatment process and reduce the healthcare cost. The Oncologists expected that the CDSS should have the characteristics to store the patient’s clinical history, practice guidelines and updates related to cancer care. The time motion study showed that the Oncologists spend most of their time in accessing patient information during patient evaluation because they don’t have any web based database to directly access the information, rather have to largely depend on printed text. Conclusion: There is a huge demand of implementing CDSS in cancer hospitals and research institutes so as to make the cancer treatment and research more effective, affordable and less time consuming.

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Keywords

Clinical Decision Support System; Cancer; Oncologist; Questionnaire.