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Expert System for Nutrition Care Process of Older Adults

Cioara, Tudor and Anghel, Ionut and Salomie, Ioan and Barakat, Lina and Miles, Simon and Reidlinger, Dianne and Taweel, Adel and Dobre, Ciprian and Pop, Florin (2018) 'Expert System for Nutrition Care Process of Older Adults.' Future Generation Computer Systems, 80. 368 - 383. ISSN 0167-739X

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Abstract

This paper presents an expert system for a nutrition care process tailored for the specific needs of elders. Dietary knowledge is defined by nutritionists and encoded as Nutrition Care Process Ontology, and then used as underlining base and standardized model for the nutrition care planning. An inference engine is developed on top of the ontology, providing semantic reasoning infrastructure and mechanisms for evaluating the rules defined for assessing short and long term elders’ self-feeding behaviours, to identify unhealthy dietary patterns and detect the early instauration of malnutrition. Our expert system provides personalized intervention plans covering nutrition education, diet prescription and food ordering adapted to the older adult’s specific nutritional needs, health conditions and food preferences. In-lab evaluation results are presented proving the usefulness and quality of the expert system as well as the computational efficiency, coupling and cohesion of the defined ontology.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Expert system, Nutrition care, Inference engine, Malnutrition, Ontology
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2018 14:41
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2018 14:41
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23405

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