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Using dashboard networks to visualize multiple patient histories: A design study on post-operative prostate cancer

: Bernard, Jürgen; Sessler, David; Kohlhammer, Jörn; Ruddle, Roy A.


IEEE transactions on visualization and computer graphics 25 (2019), Nr.3, S.1615-1628
ISSN: 1077-2626
Fraunhofer IGD ()
information visualization; visual analytic; Multivariate data; data visualization; user study; evaluation; Guiding Theme: Individual Health; Research Area: Computer graphics (CG)

In this design study, we present a visualization technique that segments patients' histories instead of treating them as raw event sequences, aggregates the segments using criteria such as the whole history or treatment combinations, and then visualizes the aggregated segments as static dashboards that are arranged in a dashboard network to show longitudinal changes. The static dashboards were developed in nine iterations, to show 15 important attributes from the patients' histories. The final design was evaluated with five non-experts, five visualization experts and four medical experts, who successfully used it to gain an overview of a 2,000 patient dataset, and to make observations about longitudinal changes and differences between two cohorts. The research represents a step-change in the detail of large-scale data that may be successfully visualized using dashboards, and provides guidance about how the approach may be generalized.