Annotating evidence based clinical guidelines: A lightweight ontology

Rinke Hoekstra, Anita De Waard, Richard Vdovjak

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This paper describes a lightweight ontology for representing annotations of declarative evidence based clinical guidelines. We present the motivation and requirements for this representation, based on an analysis of several guidelines. The ontology provides the means to connect clinical questions and associated recommendations to underlying evidence, and can capture strength and quality of recommendations and evidence, respectively. The ontology was applied in the conversion of manual annotations to RDF and used as part of a prototype clinical decision support system.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012
Event5th International Workshop on Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences, SWAT4LS 2012 - Paris, France
Duration: Nov 28 2012Nov 30 2012


  • Annotation
  • Clinical decision support
  • Clinical guideline
  • Evidence based
  • Linked data
  • RDF


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