A working database program specifically designed to organize and analyze data for the purpose of generating clinical outcomes reports is presented. Following the author's hypothesis, the database accepts only integer input but can generate reports in textual format. The pilot model database presented here uses only five clinic data items, three outcomes items, and can generate 90 different outcomes reports in the form of charts, graphs, or grids. The program consists of a graphical user interface front end that drives a relational database.
The authors discuss the use of computers in medicine. A patient presenting with a condition requiring surgery is represented by a data file in a computer program. The user obtains data from the file by selecting items from a menu. Data are presented on the screen in pop-up windows. By examining the data and making judgments, the user may determine the pathology and make first a provisional and then a definitive diagnosis.