Treatment of essential hypertension is often a complex task and needs appropriate methodology. A newly developed computer program can help physicians to choose the best pharmacological approach to the treatment of essential hypertension. Based on an oriented clinical history, the program asks the user to give the physiological, pathological and pharmacological antecedents of the patient to be treated. Taking into account these characteristics, 19 antihypertensive drugs are ordered according to their indications and contraindications in the patient. Diet advice based on body weight and the patient's habits are considered as well. The program is designed to explain why decisions are made, so it can be useful in teaching medical students or postgraduates. © 1989.
|Journal||Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 1989|
- Computer education
- Expert systems
- Hypertension therapy