Development and Use of a Guideline Entry Wizard to Convert Text Clinical Practice Guidelines to a Relational Format
Computerization of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) has been proposed as one solution to enhance the use of guidelines in influencing standard clinical care. However, the conversion of text guidelines to the format required by a computer program is a major barrier. Clinicians who best understand the content of CPGs are typically ill equipped to convert textual guidelines into a computer accessible format. The potential of knowledge acquisition tools to assist in this process has been documented in the literature. In this paper we describe an application prototype, the Guideline Entry Wizard, created to assist in the conversion of text CPGs to a structured format within a relational database. We have tested this application through the input of information from several CPG. The application is a prototype for a more advanced tool. We have used this prototype to enter several CPGs and have demonstrated its effectiveness in inputting guideline content into a knowledge base.