An object-oriented taxonomy of medical data presentations

Justin Starren*, Stefhen B. Johnson

*Corresponding author for this work

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A variety of methods have been proposed for presenting medical data visually on computers. Discussion of and comparison among these methods have been hindered by a lack of consistent terminology. A taxonomy of medical data presentations based on object-oriented user interface principles is presented. Presentations are divided into five major classes - list, table, graph, icon, and generated text. These are subdivided into eight subclasses with simple inheritance and four subclasses with multiple inheritance. The various subclasses are reviewed and examples are provided. Issues critical to the development and evaluation of presentations are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics


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