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TitleLength of hospital stay and quality of care
Author(s)Neves, José
Abelha, Vasco António Pinheiro Costa
Vicente, Henrique
Neves, João
Machado, José Manuel
KeywordsArtificial neural networks
Knowledge representation and reasoning
Length of hospital stay
Logic programming
Issue date2016
JournalAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
CitationNeves, J., Abelha, V., Vicente, H., Neves, J., & Machado, J. (2016). Length of Hospital Stay and Quality of Care. In Knowledge, Information and Creativity Support Systems (pp. 273-287). Springer, Cham.
Abstract(s)The relationship between Length Of hospital Stay (LOS) and Quality-of- Care (QofC) is demanding and difficult to assess. Indeed, a multifaceted intertwining network of countless services and LOS factors is available, which may range from organizational culture to hospital physicians availability, without discarding the possibility of lifting the foot on intermediate care services, to the customs and cultures of the people. On health policy terms, LOS remains a measurable index of efficiency, and most of the studies that have been undertaken show that QoC or health outcomes do not appear to be compromised by reductions in LOS times. Therefore, and in order to assess this statement, a Logic Programming based methodology to Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, allowing the modeling of the universe of discourse in terms of defective data, information and knowledge is used, being complemented with an Artificial Neural Networks based approach to computing, allowing one to predict for how long a patient should remain in a hospital or at home, during his/her illness experience.
TypeConference paper
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