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Characteristics of a Good Nursing Nomenclature From an Informatics Perspective

Author(s): Zielstorff, Rita D

Journal: Online Journal of Issues in Nursing
ISSN 1091-3734

Volume: 3;
Issue: 2;
Date: 1998;
Original page

The purpose for which a nomenclature is designed dictates its characteristics. Very few clinical nomenclatures have been designed for use in automated record systems. For this reason, system designers have had to adapt existing nomenclatures and classification systems for use in the automated systems they develop. Researchers have delineated the characteristics of a "good" nomenclature for purposes of structured data capture, storage, analysis, and reporting. Some of these characteristics are: domain completeness granularity parsimony synonymy non-ambiguity non-redundancy clinical utility multiple axes and combinatorial. In addition, the terms should have unique and context-free term identifiers, each term should have a definition, terms should be arranged hierarchically with the ability to have multiple parents, and it must be possible to map terms to other standard classifications. These concepts are defined and rationalized in the context of the functions expected of an automated record system.
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