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Representing different views of acupuncture in a single ontology

Kay, S and Gao, Y 2005, 'Representing different views of acupuncture in a single ontology' , Medical Informatics and the Internet in Medicine, 30 (2) , pp. 143-150.

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Abstract

A major challenge for health informatics is to model the health-care domain knowledge into appropriate and useful ontologies. This is difficult, and modellers tend to simplify things dramatically by ignoring the fact that the health care domain encompasses a global perspective. The influx of complementary and alternative medicines from the East to the West, or indeed the ongoing colonialization of orthodox Western medicine into other non-western traditions requires multiple paradigms of delivering treatment to be considered simultaneously, side by side. Models and specifications need to be developed to encompass this richness and represent this complex reality so as to understand what the different concepts and terms in each tradition achieve. Acupuncture is used as a test case of cross-membership between two different paradigms. Here, we briefly outline requirements and answer possible objections to our approach before illustrating how we have modelled heterogeneous domain knowledge from different cultures, and across different paradigms, within a single ontology.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Allied health, computers in medicine, requirements, acupuncture, ontology, integration and alignment
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Subjects / Themes > Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
Journal or Publication Title: Medical Informatics and the Internet in Medicine
Publisher: Routledge Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 14639238
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2007 16:05
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:45
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/106

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