Pragmatic patterns

"... I can thus recommend everyone involved in clinical work – specialists, dentists and dental hygienists – to participate in SOMNet." "The meeting is over, and I wonder: Why is not every dentist a member [of SOMNet]?" Statements about the SOMNet community collaboration tool, which is built upon research in this project. Source: Ryd, M. "MedView med nätverk – en skattkista för vården". ajourODONT 4, 62 (2007), 1–3.

The purpose of the Pragmatic Patterns for Clinical Knowledge Management project is to obtain further knowledge of how pragmatic patterns for clinical knowledge management that support evidence-based health care should be modelled, implemented and introduced into clinical practice. Through the development of a tool for web-based knowledge sharing and a clinical decision-support system for use in oral medicine, problems concerned with the formalisation of clinical data and the context of knowledge processes, and interaction and conversation in knowledge processes are addressed. Tools are developed in parallel with the use of prototypes in a real clinical setting, according to a user-centred approach in which end-users take active part in the development process. Expected results include improved strategies for evidence-based health care in oral medicine, the identification and implementation of generic patterns for knowledge management, more specifically, knowledge dissemination and decision-making, and contributions to open standards for representing patient data and to the Pragmatic Web.

The project is a collaboration between University of Skövde (coordinator), University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology, The Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg, and Region Västra Götaland.

The Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA) is funding the project with 2.6 million SEK over 2.5 years.