A Compositional Approach to Nursing Terminology

N. Hardiker, J. Kirby

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The development of standardised vocabularies within nursing has been an important research activity for a number of years. Current representations generally take the form of taxonomic vocabularies. These are seen as important as they provide a structure for retrieving and analysing data from automated systems. However, there is increasing evidence to show that traditional taxonomic vocabularies are unsuitable for capturing detailed clinical data. This paper describes how GRAIL (GALEN Representation and Integration Language) is being used within the TELENURSE project to develop a representation of nursing terminology which is sufficiently expressive for documenting detailed clinical data while retaining the benefits of traditional taxonomic vocabularies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNursing Informatics
Subtitle of host publicationThe Impact of Nursing Knowledge on Health Care Informatics
EditorsU. Gerdin, M. Tallberg, P. Wainwright
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781607508908
ISBN (Print)9789051993622
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Congress on Nursing Informatics - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 26 Sep 19971 Oct 1997
Conference number: 6

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Conference6th International Congress on Nursing Informatics
Abbreviated titleNI 1997


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