Stud Health Technol Inform. 2003;95:673-8
McCullagh PJ, McGuigan J, Fegan M, Lowe-Strong A.
School of Computing and Mathematics, University of Ulster.
Structured Data Entry provides flexible and efficient input to the computer-based patient record.
We have utilized the SDE approach to build a prototype interface for recording common symptoms associated with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
The software provides both graphical input and output, to facilitate efficient data entry and monitoring of data.
Graphical input is transformed to textual information, which is stored in a database in a hierarchical tree structure.
Pain management in MS may be achieved by careful monitoring of the symptom in response to treatment.
Pain location is selected on a body image and severity and other attributes represented using a graphical visual analog scale, leading to more convenient input and a less ambiguous coding than is achievable with narrative text alone.
This approach could provide an objective means of monitoring the progress of the disease and management of the symptoms.
The intuitive interface may also facilitate self-monitoring.