Representing clinical communication knowledge through database management system integration

Saif Khairat, Catherine Craven, Yang Gong

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Clinical communication failures are considered the leading cause of medical errors [1]. The complexity of the clinical culture and the significant variance in training and education levels form a challenge to enhancing communication within the clinical team. In order to improve communication, a comprehensive understanding of the overall communication process in health care is required. In an attempt to further understand clinical communication, we conducted a thorough methodology literature review to identify strengths and limitations of previous approaches [2]. Our research proposes a new data collection method to study the clinical communication activities among Intensive Care Unit (ICU) clinical teams with a primary focus on the attending physician. In this paper, we present the first ICU communication instrument, and, we introduce the use of database management system to aid in discovering patterns and associations within our ICU communications data repository.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationQuality of Life Through Quality of Information - Proceedings of MIE 2012
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9781614991007
StatePublished - 2012
Event24th Medical Informatics in Europe Conference, MIE 2012 - Pisa, Italy
Duration: Aug 26 2012Aug 29 2012

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Conference24th Medical Informatics in Europe Conference, MIE 2012


  • Clinical communication
  • Database management system
  • Intensive care unit
  • Knowledge representation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Information Management
  • Health Informatics
  • Biomedical Engineering


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