Dodes (diagnostic nodes) for Guideline Manipulation

  • Paul-Martin Putora Klinik fr Radio-Onkologie, Kantonsspital St. Gallen, St. Gallen
  • Marcel Blattner Laboratory for Web Science, Zürich
  • Alexander Papachristofilou Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital Basel, Basel
  • Fabio Mariotti bLaboratory for Web Science, Zürich
  • Beatrice Paoli bLaboratory for Web Science, Zürich
  • Ludwig Plasswilm Klinik fr Radio-Onkologie, Kantonsspital St. Gallen, St. Gallen


Background: Treatment recommendations (guidelines) are commonly represented in text form. Based on parameters (questions) recommendations are defined (answers). Objectives: To improve handling, alternative forms of representation are required. Methods: The concept of Dodes (diagnostic nodes) has been developed. Dodes contain answers and questions. Dodes are based on linked nodes and additionally contain descriptive information and recommendations. Dodes are organized hierarchically into Dode trees. Dode categories must be defined to prevent redundancy. Results: A centralized and neutral Dode database can provide standardization, which is a requirement for the comparison of recommendations. Centralized administration of Dode categories can provide information about diagnostic criteria (Dode categories) underutilized in existing recommendations (Dode trees). Conclusions: Representing clinical recommendations in Dode trees improves their manageability, handling and updateability.
How to Cite
Putora, P.-M., Blattner, M., Papachristofilou, A., Mariotti, F., Paoli, B., & Plasswilm, L. (2017). Dodes (diagnostic nodes) for Guideline Manipulation. Journal of Radiation Oncology Informatics, 2(1), 1–8.