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Data Integration & Homogenization through an ontology

Data Integration & Homogenization through an ontology

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In the current study, a model-based system for predicting resilience in silico, as part of personalizing precision medicine, to better understand the needs for improved therapeutic protocols of each patient is proposed. The computational environment, which is currently under implementation within the BOUNCE EU project (“Predicting Effective Adaptat...


... All aforementioned data are collected using standardized questionnaires and are available through the Noona 4 tool. Then data are exported in batches and are continuously integrated using a novel architecture [12] and data infrastructure [13] combining a data lake for staging the available information and an ontology for the integration and their harmonization and a research supporting tool for facilitating data exploration and visualization [14], [15]. ...
Background Stress and anxiety are psychophysiological responses commonly experienced by patients during the perioperative process that can increase presurgical and postsurgical complications to a comprehensive and positive recovery. Preventing and intervening in stress and anxiety can help patients achieve positive health and well-being outcomes. Similarly, the provision of education about surgery can be a crucial component and is inversely correlated with preoperative anxiety levels. However, few patients receive stress and anxiety relief support before surgery, and resource constraints make face-to-face education sessions untenable. Digital health interventions can be helpful in empowering patients and enhancing a more positive experience. Digital health interventions have been shown to help patients feel informed about the possible benefits and risks of available treatment options. However, they currently focus only on providing informative content, neglecting the importance of personalization and patient empowerment. Objective This study aimed to explore the feasibility of a digital health intervention called the Adhera CARINAE Digital Health Program, designed to provide evidence-based, personalized stress- and anxiety-management methods enabled by a comprehensive digital ecosystem that incorporates wearable, mobile, and virtual reality technologies. The intervention program includes the use of advanced data-driven techniques for tailored patient education and lifestyle support. Methods The trial will include 5 hospitals across 3 European countries and will use a randomized controlled design including 30 intervention participants and 30 control group participants. The involved surgeries are cardiopulmonary and coronary artery bypass surgeries, cardiac valve replacement, prostate or bladder cancer surgeries, hip and knee replacement, maxillofacial surgery, or scoliosis. The control group will receive standard care, and the intervention group will additionally be exposed to the digital health intervention program. Results The recruitment process started in January 2022 and has been completed. The primary impact analysis is currently ongoing. The expected results will be published in early 2023. Conclusions This manuscript details a comprehensive protocol for a study that will provide valuable information about the intervention program, such as the measurement of comparative intervention effects on stress; anxiety and pain management; and usability by patients, caregivers, and health care professionals. This will contribute to the evidence planning process for the future adoption of diverse digital health solutions in the field of surgery. Trial Registration NCT05184725; International Registered Report Identifier (IRRID) DERR1-10.2196/38536
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Breast cancer diagnosis has been associated with poor mental health, with significant impairment of quality of life. In order to ensure support for successful adaptation to this illness, it is of paramount importance to identify the most prominent factors affecting well-being that allow for accurate prediction of mental health status across time. Here we exploit a rich set of clinical, psychological, socio-demographic and lifestyle data from a large multicentre study of patients recently diagnosed with breast cancer, in order to classify patients based on their mental health status and further identify potential predictors of such status. For this purpose, a supervised learning pipeline using cross-sectional data was implemented for the formulation of a classification scheme of mental health status 6 months after diagnosis. Model performance in terms of AUC ranged from 0.81± 0.04 to 0.90± 0.03. Several psychological variables, including initial levels of anxiety and depression, emerged as highly predictive of short-term mental health status of women diagnosed with breast cancer.