The importance of cluster analysis for enhancing clinical practice: The importance of cluster analysis for enhancing clinical practice

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Abstract

In clinical populations substantial heterogeneity exists in patient characteristics, illness severity and treatment responses. Better understanding of such heterogeneity may lead to more effective and efficient treatment by personalising care to better suit patient profiles. In this editorial we argue that the statistical method of cluster analysis is a means by which such heterogeneity can be understood, potentially leading to improved care in mental health services. The method is as yet relatively under-utilised and as such the barriers to its use and implementation are also considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-96
JournalJournal of Mental Health
Volume27
Issue number2
Early online date15 Feb 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • cluster analysis
  • subgroups
  • heterogeneity
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • personalised medicine

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