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Title: Using geographical information systems for management of back-pain data
Authors: Ghinea, G
Gill, D
Frank, AO
De Souza, LH
Keywords: Data collection
Geographical information systems
Health care
Management
Publication Date: 2002
Publisher: MCB UP Ltd
Citation: Journal of Management in Medicine, 16(2/3): 219 - 237, 2002
Abstract: In the medical world, statistical visualisation has largely been confined to the realm of relatively simple geographical applications. This remains the case, even though hospitals have been collecting spatial data relating to patients. In particular, hospitals have a wealth of back pain information, which includes pain drawings, usually detailing the spatial distribution and type of pain suffered by back-pain patients. Proposes several technological solutions, which permit data within back-pain datasets to be digitally linked to the pain drawings in order to provide methods of computer-based data management and analysis. In particular, proposes the use of geographical information systems (GIS), up till now a tool used mainly in the geographic and cartographic domains, to provide novel and powerful ways of visualising and managing back-pain data. A comparative evaluation of the proposed solutions shows that, although adding complexity and cost, the GIS-based solution is the one most appropriate for visualisation and analysis of back-pain datasets.
Description: This is the post-print version of the Article. The official published version can be accessed from the link below - Copyright @ 2002 MCB UP Ltd
URI: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=1411606
http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/7021
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/02689230210434952
ISSN: 0268-9235
Appears in Collections:School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics Research Papers
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