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International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology
International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology


Special Issue on: "Decision Support in Medicine"

Guest Editors:
Prof. Raouf Naguib, Coventry University, UK
Dr. Azzam F. G. Taktak, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, UK

The process from innovation to routine clinical use is long and complex. Many computerised decision support systems fail to reach the clinical environment for a number of reasons. Some systems for example may be highly theoretical with little relevance to the real world. Others may have been technology-driven. The question of evaluation often arises when looking into new technology. Randomised-controlled trials (RCT) help to a great extent in the evaluation process. However, RCTs are not always feasible or cost-effective.

The focus of this special issue is to review the state-of-the-art of the various stages in the development of DSS in medicine and implications to clinical users and healthcare providers.

Subject Coverage
Original contributions on novel, robust, user and environment constraints aware, interoperable and effective solutions to existing problems within the aforementioned context are invited. Authors are requested to submit manuscripts including, but not limited to, the following topics:
  • Image and data analysis to aid diagnosis and prognosis
  • Signal processing
  • Pattern recognition analysis
  • Design and development of computerised DSS
  • Evaluation methods prior to clinical use
  • Clinical trials and randomised-controlled trials
  • Deployment methods of DSS including the use of the Internet
  • Ethical issues related to the use of DSS in clinical practice
  • Cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis of DSS

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

One page proposal deadline: 7 March, 2008

Full paper submission deadline: 30 May, 2008

Review results and notification: 3 July, 2008

Submission of revised papers: 29 August, 2008

Final acceptance of papers: 26 September, 2008