Querying social practices in hospital context

John Bruntse Larsen, Virginia Dignum, Jørgen Villadsen, Frank Dignum

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Understanding the social contexts in which actions and interactions take place is of utmost importance for planning one’s goals and activities. People use social practices as means to make sense of their environment, assessing how that context relates to past, common experiences, culture and capabilities. Social practices can therefore simplify deliberation and planning in complex contexts. In the context of patient-centered planning, hospitals seek means to ensure that patients and their families are at the center of decisions and planning of the healthcare processes. This requires on one hand that patients are aware of the practices being in place at the hospital and on the other hand that hospitals have the means to evaluate and adapt current practices to the needs of the patients. In this paper we apply a framework for formalizing social practices of an organization to an emergency department that carries out patient-centered planning. We indicate how such a formalization can be used to answer operational queries about the expected outcome of operational actions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence, Volume 2, ICAART 2018
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789897582752
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventICAART 2018: 10th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - Villa Galé - Santa Cruz, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Duration: 16 Jan 201818 Jan 2018
Conference number: 10


ConferenceICAART 2018
Abbreviated titleICAART 2018
CityFunchal, Madeira
Internet address


  • Decision Support
  • Hospital Staff Planning
  • Multi-Agent Goals
  • Social Practices


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