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RE: [RIF][UCR]Decision Support

From: Nichols, Deborah L. <dlnichols@mitre.org>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2006 21:44:48 -0500
Message-ID: <0C71F5A5019DB3449414EA41D9440DEB0128A6E8@IMCSRV1.MITRE.ORG>
To: "Leora Morgenstern" <leora@us.ibm.com>, <public-rif-wg@w3.org>
Cc: "Chris Welty" <cawelty@frontiernet.net>, <jpan@csd.abdn.ac.uk>
Overall I think the condensation of this use case turned out quite
well.  I would have liked if it had retained the mention of RIF-enabled
decision support as having a wider field of application (because of
MITRE's convoy support example), but it's easy enough for a reader to
One sentence in the case raised questions for me, since I have no
medical expertise:  Bob tells the neurologist that he was "taking
Diamicron, ... forgetting that he had been switched to Metformin."
    (1) The sentence suggests that Bob was in fact previously taking
Diamicron, but that is the first mention of Diamicron, at least by that
name -- perhaps it is equivalent to something mentioned earlier?
    (2) The example stated that the doctor switched Bob to "Glucophage
and Avandia."  True, earlier, a parenthesis mentioned that Glucophage
is "(metformin, one of the biguanides)"; but it's not clear to me
whether metformin is the generic equivalent of Glucophage, or a class
of drugs to which Glucophage belongs.  The information on Bob that is
pulled from the patient data base says he is "taking Metformin."  I
might guess from this that Metformin is somehow equivalent to (or
subsumes) Glucophage, but it could be clearer.
Perhaps clarifying those details would illustrate that ontological
knowledge (here, about related or equivalent drug classes) is indeed
essential if rules are really going to operate together.  In that
connection, I liked the inclusion of Jeff's sentence referring to
ontologies as one source of information for decision support.


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[mailto:public-rif-wg-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Leora Morgenstern
	Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2006 9:40 AM
	To: public-rif-wg@w3.org
	Cc: Chris Welty; jpan@csd.abdn.ac.uk
	Subject: Re: [RIF][UCR]Decision Support

	After the meeting in Mandelieu, I had been asked to shorten the
exising Decision Support use case. The resulting use case is at
al_Decision_Support . Since Jeff's extensions essentially subsume that
use case (modulo some minor issues of style/grammar/presentation), I
propose that I incorporate Jeff's changes into the use case. 
	Leora Morgenstern 
"Jeff Z. Pan" <jpan@csd.abdn.ac.uk> 
Sent by: public-rif-wg-request@w3.org 

03/06/2006 07:36 PM 

Leora Morgenstern/Watson/IBM@IBMUS, Chris Welty
[RIF][UCR]Decision Support


	Dear RIFers,
	> Jeff Pan has taken an action to propose a slight extension to
the example for
	Decision Support.
	I have added a new wiki page to address this action:
	The extended example is based on discussions with Christine
Golbreich, Giorgos
	Stamou and Giorgos Stoilos. The motivation of slightly changing
the scenario is
	to use some real-world medical recommedation (thanks to
Christine's suggestion)
	in our example.
	Dr. Jeff Z. Pan (http://www.csd.abdn.ac.uk/~jpan/)
	Department of Computing Science, The University of Aberdeen
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