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Logical ontology for mediating between nursing intervention terminology systems

Hardiker, NR 2003, 'Logical ontology for mediating between nursing intervention terminology systems' , Methods of Information in Medicine, 42 (3) , pp. 265-270.

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Objectives: Several researchers have proposed the use of logical ontologies as reference terminologies'. However, there are a number of unresolved issues. This article describes the development of a logical ontology for nursing interventions and presents the results of evaluation. Methods: Initially this study involved the development in GRAIL of two separate experimental ontologies: an ontology based on the textual content of informal definitions for nursing interventions drown from the Nursing interventions Classification; and an ontology based On labels for the some nursing interventions. Following initial bench-testing, the ontology based on labels was selected for extension (to accommodate also nursing intervention components of the Home Health Care Classification System and the Omaha System), for further testing and for external evaluation. Results: A hierarchy of nursing interventions generated automatically from the experimental antolagy based on informal definitions cantained only 3 hierarchical relationships, compared to 214 for the initial ontology based on labels. For the final extended ontology based on labels, the generated hierarchy contained the three source terminology systems in entirety - there were a total of 2861 hierarchical relationships. While the results of comporative bench testing of the final ontology were fovourable, the results of external evaluation were mixed and showed little agreement between reviewers. Conclusion: This study suggests that while a logical ontology based on labels might be a useful tool for mediating between nursing intervention terminology systems, a formative consensus type development methodology might improve the approach by helping to harmonise ideological differences that may exist across the nursing profession.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nursing, terminology, classification
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RT Nursing
Subjects / Themes > Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Methods of Information in Medicine
Publisher: Schattauer
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 00261270
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2007 12:22
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:50

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