Intelligent database generated occupational questionnaire system.
Harber P; Merz B; Lam I; Yuan M; Parker JE; Chen W
J Occup Environ Med 2000 May; 42(5):483-490
Obtaining an adequate occupational history requires special expertise to "ask the right questions" that are relevant to a particular patient's specific health conditions and potential exposures. This article describes a way to systematically accomplish this by means of a computer system that can overcome limited availability of necessary clinical occupational health expertise. The Intelligent Questionnaire system is a computer-based system for generating case-specific questionnaires about the influence of work on, respiratory disease. Intelligent Questionnaire includes three databases: Questions, Responses, and Calls (clues to identify questions). The Questionnaire also arranges questions in a logical manner and provides a customized data entry screen for each subject. This approach provides primary practitioners with expertise on a case-by-case basis. It also facilitates occupational health surveilance because it allows acquiring detailed case-specific information in a systematic fashion. A computer-based system can facilitate obtaining occupational histories with high specificity and consistency without depending on general availability of a human occupational health clinical expertise.
Questionnaires; Quantitative-analysis; Work-environment; Work-areas; Work-analysis; Worker-health; Respiratory-infections; Occupational-health; Occupational-respiratory-disease; Analytical-processes; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders
Dr Philip Harber, UCLA Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 10911 Weyburn Avenue, #344, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
University of California, School of Public Health, Los Angeles, California