IP05: An Ontological Representation for the Transtheoretical Theory

TitleIP05: An Ontological Representation for the Transtheoretical Theory
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsMin H, Friedman RH, Wright J
Conference NameInternational Conference on Biomedical Ontology and BioCreative (ICBO BioCreative 2016)
Date Published11/30/16
PublisherCEUR-ws.org Volume 1747
Other NumbersVol-1747|urn:nbn:de:0074-1747-1

Ontologies are widely used in computer science and medicine. Ontologies may be useful in health promotion and disease prevention for intervention development. Interventionists usually use theory to guide intervention design and evaluation, but there is no standard vocabulary for health behavior theory. A formal mechanism for converting theory to a computer-based representation may provide a tool that can assist in the development of computer-based interventions. This paper demonstrates how ontology can be used to represent a health behavior theory using the Transtheoretical Model (TTM) of behavior change as an example.