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Department of Computer and Information Science


Decision support in patient-centered health care

A interesting problem in personalized decision-support systems for improving an individual patient’s health, is to combine general clinical guidelines with past experiences of that same or similar patients. In the EU project selfBACK (, in which we tightly cooperate with the Department of public health and general practice at NTNU, we combine rule-based reasoning with case-based reasoning to capture these two knowledge types. The target problem is Low-Back Pain, and the aim of the project is to develop and thoroughly test a mobile phone app that will give a patient advice on how to improve his/her lower back conditions, in a short or long term. Activity data is continuously captured via a wrist band and used alongside subjective information on pain and functionality. This project will focus either on the case-based method, the rule-based method, or their combination. A concrete project specification will be worked out that takes the candidates’ interests, as well as the needs of the project ,into account.

The project is suitable for 2-3 people working in a group, but can also be defined for one person.

Supervisor: Kerstin Bach, Agnar Aamodt, and Tomasz Szczepanski, IDI and Paul Jarle Mork, ISM.



Kerstin Bach Kerstin Bach
Associate Professor
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