Application of activity theory to elicitation of user requirements for a computerized clinical practice guideline

the ActCPG conceptual framework

Pavel Andreev, Wojtek Michalowski, Craig Kuziemsky, Stasia Hadjiyannakis

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Clinical practice guidelines are knowledge uptake instrument that support decision making by the physicians. They are often implemented as computer-interpreted guidelines that are embedded in a hospital information system. We argue that computer-interpreted guidelines should be considered as regular information system, thus their development should follow all the steps of system analysis and design, starting with exploration and definition of user requirements. In this paper we propose the ActCPG conceptual framework to establish basic user requirements for implementing computer-interpreted guidelines. This framework relies on the Activity Theory to structure and decompose information coming from a clinical practice guideline and associated narrative so UML use cases can be developed. We illustrate operation of the ActCPG framework with an example of a practice guideline for a management of clinically obese children enrolled in some obesity program.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECIS 2012
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 20th European Conference on Information Systems
EditorsJan Pries-Heje, Mike Chiasson, Jonathan Wareham, Xavier Busquets, Josep Valor, Sandra Seiber
Place of PublicationAtlanta, Georgia
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9788488971548
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event20th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2012 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 10 Jun 201213 Jun 2012


Other20th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2012


  • clinical practice guidelines
  • computer-interpreted guideline
  • Activity Theory
  • ActAD
  • user requirements

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