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Title: Length of Hospital Stay and Quality of Care
Authors: Neves, José
Abelha, Vasco
Vicente, Henrique
Neves, João
Machado, José
Editors: Kunifuji, Susumu
Papadopoulos, George
Skulimowski, Andrzej
Kacprzyk, Janusz
Keywords: Length of Hospital Stay
Logic Programming
Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
Artificial Neural Networks
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Citation: Neves, J., Abelha, A., Vicente, H., Neves, J. & Machado, J., Length of Hospital Stay and Quality of Care. In S. Kunifugi, G. Papadopoulos, A. Skulimowski & J. Kacprzyk, Eds., Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, Vol. 416, pp. 273–287, Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland, 2016.
Abstract: 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.
ISBN: 978-3-319-27477-5
ISSN: 2194-5357
Type: bookPart
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