Formal nursing terminology systems: a means to an end

Hardiker, NR, Bakken, S, Casey, A and Hoy, D 2002, 'Formal nursing terminology systems: a means to an end' , Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 35 (5-6) , pp. 298-305.

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In response to the need to support diverse and complex information requirements, nursing has developed a number of different terminology systems. The two main kinds of systems that have emerged are enumerative systems and combinatorial systems, although some systems have characteristics of both approaches. Differences in the structure and content of terminology systems, while useful at a local level, prevent effective wider communication, information sharing, integration of record systems, and comparison of nursing elements of healthcare information at a more global level. Formal nursing terminology systems present an alternative approach. This paper describes a number of recent initiatives and explains how these emerging approaches may help to augment existing nursing terminology systems and overcome their limitations through mediation. The development of formal nursing terminology systems is not an end in itself and there remains a great deal of work to be done before success can be claimed. This paper presents an overview of the key issues outstanding and provides recommendations for a way forward.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RT Nursing
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 15320464
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2007 12:24
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 07:33

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