A Fact-Finding Procedure Integrating Machine Learning and AHP Technique to Predict Delayed Diagnosis of Bladder Patients with Hematuria

Chia Lun Lo, Ya Hui Yang, Hsiao Ting Tseng

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Abstract

Bladder cancer, the ninth most common cancer worldwide, requires fast diagnosis and treatment to prevent disease progression and improve patient survival. However, patients with bladder cancer often experience considerable delays in diagnosis. One reason for such delays is that hematuria, a major symptom of bladder cancer, has a high probability of also being a warning sign for urinary tract diseases. Another reason is that the sensitivity of the body parts affected by bladder cancer deters patients from undergoing cystoscopy and influences patients' "physician shopping"behavior. In this study, the analytic hierarchy process was used to determine critical variables influencing delayed diagnosis; moreover, the variables were used to construct models for predicting delayed diagnosis in patients with hematuria by using several machine learning techniques. Furthermore, the critical variables associated with delayed diagnosis of bladder cancer in patients with hematuria were evaluated using GainRatio technology. The study sample was selected from a population-based database. The model evaluation results indicated that the prediction model established using decision tree algorithms outperformed the other models. The critical risk factors for delayed diagnosis of bladder cancer were as follows: (1) cystoscopy performed 6 months after hematuria diagnosis and (2) physician shopping.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3831453
JournalJournal of Healthcare Engineering
Volume2021
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

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