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Clinical Guidance for Health Professionals
Diseases Database   GB
Support for shared decision making: "health professionals and patients with early cancer discuss the risks and benefits of getting additional therapy ... after surgery".

developed by clinical domains keywords
Medical Object Oriented Software Enterprises Ltd Multiple Cross-referenced medical dictionary, differential diagnosis, diagnoses database, disease glossary, medication knowledge database, UMLS
commissioned status Access
2000 Under continuous development
The Diseases Database is a cross-referenced index of human disease, medications, symptoms, signs, abnormal investigation findings etc. It features semantic indexing of web sites. It is mapped to UMLS to provide concept definitions and interface with systems using other coding systems and terminologies. The search engine, concepts, categories and relations are original and authored in-house.

Diseases Database screen

The Diseases Database provides a medical textbook-like index and search portal covering areas including
  • "General internal medical disorders
  • Symptoms and signs
  • Congenital and inherited disorders
  • Infectious diseases and organisms
  • Drugs and medications
  • Common haematology and biochemistry investigation abnormalities."
The Diseases Database site provides a range of tightly cross-navigable facilities:
  • "Lists of human diseases, medications, symptoms, signs, abnormal investigation findings ...
  • Dictionary type definitions for many items via links to the National Library of Medicine's Unified Medical Language System (UMLS)
  • Subject specific hyperlinks to web information resources for many items (e.g. the UK's National Institute of Clinical Excellence's Guidelines on taxanes are available, whether you come from breast cancer or taxol/paclitaxel or taxanes)
  • A 'pre-loaded' multiple search engine enquiry page using all item synonyms (e.g. search on Klinefelter's syndrome)
  • Where suitable UMLS equivalents of items exist, the terms under which those concepts are known (including languages other than English), the source and the 'code' are shown (e.g. appendicitis)."

contact links
Malcolm Duncan, Medical Object Oriented Software Enterprises Ltd.

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Malcolm Duncan, Medical Object Oriented Software Enterprises Ltd.
Entry on OpenClinical: 17 September 2003
Last main update: 18 September 2003
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