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Data representation structure to support clinical decision-making in the pediatric intensive care unit: Interview study and preliminary decision support interface design

Najia Yakob, Sandrine Laliberté, Philippe Doyon-Poulin, Philippe A. Jouvet and Rita Noumeir

Article (2024)

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Background: Clinical decision-making is a complex cognitive process that relies on the interpretation of a large variety of data from different sources and involves the use of knowledge bases and scientific recommendations. The representation of clinical data plays a key role in the speed and efficiency of its interpretation. In addition, the increasing use of clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) provides assistance to clinicians in their practice, allowing them to improve patient outcomes. In the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), clinicians must process high volumes of data and deal with ever-growing workloads. As they use multiple systems daily to assess patients’ status and to adjust the health care plan, including electronic health records (EHR), clinical systems (eg, laboratory, imaging and pharmacy), and connected devices (eg, bedside monitors, mechanical ventilators, intravenous pumps, and syringes), clinicians rely mostly on their judgment and ability to trace relevant data for decision-making. In these circumstances, the lack of optimal data structure and adapted visual representation hinder clinician’s cognitive processes and clinical decision-making skills. Objective: In this study, we designed a prototype to optimize the representation of clinical data collected from existing sources (eg, EHR, clinical systems, and devices) via a structure that supports the integration of a home-developed CDSS in the PICU. This study was based on analyzing end user needs and their clinical workflow. Methods: First, we observed clinical activities in a PICU to secure a better understanding of the workflow in terms of staff tasks and their use of EHR on a typical work shift. Second, we conducted interviews with 11 clinicians from different staff categories (eg, intensivists, fellows, nurses, and nurse practitioners) to compile their needs for decision support. Third, we structured the data to design a prototype that illustrates the proposed representation. We used a brain injury care scenario to validate the relevance of integrated data and the utility of main functionalities in a clinical context. Fourth, we held design meetings with 5 clinicians to present, revise, and adapt the prototype to meet their needs. Results: We created a structure with 3 levels of abstraction—unit level, patient level, and system level—to optimize clinical data representation and display for efficient patient assessment and to provide a flexible platform to host the internally developed CDSS. Subsequently, we designed a preliminary prototype based on this structure. Conclusions: The data representation structure allows prioritizing patients via criticality indicators, assessing their conditions using a personalized dashboard, and monitoring their courses based on the evolution of clinical values. Further research is required to define and model the concepts of criticality, problem recognition, and evolution. Furthermore, feasibility tests will be conducted to ensure user satisfaction.

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data representation (1); decision support (22); critical care (59); clinical workflow (5); clinical decision-making (24); prototype (29); design (159); intensive care unit (64)

Department: Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering
Funders: Sainte-Justine Hospital, Ministry of Health of Quebec, Fonds de Recherche du Québec Santé
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/57346/
Journal Title: JMIR Formative Research (vol. 8, no. 1)
Publisher: JMIR Publications Inc.
DOI: 10.2196/49497
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.2196/49497
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2024 10:14
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2024 15:53
Cite in APA 7: Yakob, N., Laliberté, S., Doyon-Poulin, P., Jouvet, P. A., & Noumeir, R. (2024). Data representation structure to support clinical decision-making in the pediatric intensive care unit: Interview study and preliminary decision support interface design. JMIR Formative Research, 8(1), e49497 (21 pages). https://doi.org/10.2196/49497


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