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A multi-agent system for administering the prescription of anti-retroviral and anti-TB drugs

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dc.contributor.advisor Kinyua, J.D.M.
dc.contributor.author Kuyler, Wilhelmina Johanna
dc.contributor.other Central University of Technology, Free State. Faculty of Engineering, Information and Communication Technology. School of Information and Communication Technology
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-12T18:57:38Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-12T18:57:38Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11462/103
dc.description Thesis (M. Tech.) -- Central University of Technology, Free State, 2007 en_US
dc.description.abstract Multi-agent systems (MAS) consist of a number of autonomous agents that communicate among themselves to coordinate their activities in order to solve collectively a complex problem that cannot be tackled by any agent individually. These kinds of systems are appropriate in many domains where problems that are complex, distributed and heterogeneous require communication and coordination between separate autonomous agents, which may be running on different machines distributed over the Internet and are located in many different places. In the health care domain, MAS have been used for distributed patient scheduling, organ and tissue transplant management, community care, decision support, training and so on. One other promising area of application is in the prescription of antiretroviral and antiTB drugs. The drugs used to treat the two diseases have many and similar side effects that complicate the prescription process. These factors have to be considered when prescribing medication to a person coinfected with HIV and tuberculosis. This is usually done manually using drug recommendation tables, which are complicated to use and require a great deal of decisionmaking. The design and implementation of a multiagent system that assists health care staff in carrying out the complex task of combining antiretroviral and antiTB drugs in an efficient way is described. The system consists of a number of collaborating agents requiring the communication of complex and diverse forms of information between a variety of clinical and other settings, as well as the coordination between groups of health care professionals (doctors, nurses, counsellors, etcetera.) with very different skills and roles. The agents in the system include: patient agents, nurse agents, lab agents, medication agents and physician agents. The agents may be hosted on different machines, located in many different places distributed over the Internet. The system saves time, minimises decision errors and increases the standard of health care provided to patients. en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Bloemfontein : Central University of Technology, Free State
dc.subject Central University of Technology, Free State - Dissertations en_US
dc.subject Intelligent agents (Computer software) en_US
dc.subject System design en_US
dc.subject Computer software - Development en_US
dc.subject Distributed artificial intelligence en_US
dc.subject Drugs - Prescribing - South Africa en_US
dc.subject Tuberculosis en_US
dc.subject AIDS (Disease) en_US
dc.title A multi-agent system for administering the prescription of anti-retroviral and anti-TB drugs en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.rights.holder Central University of Technology, Free State

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