Challenges associated with the secondary use of nursing data

Nicholas R. Hardiker, Walter Sermeus, Kay Jansen

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There is a prevailing ‘collect once, use many times’ view of clinical data and its secondary use. This study challenges this view through an assessment of the degree to which the International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP) might be used to provide raw data for the Belgian Nursing Minimum Data Set (B-NMDS). A mapping exercise identified exact matches between ICNP and B-NMDS for just 8% of B-NMDS care descriptions; no matches at all for 23%; possible broader matches in ICNP for 55%; possible narrower matches for 8%; and a possible broader and narrower match for 1%. Refining ICNP content and developing and implementing purposive data sets or catalogues that accommodate both ICNP concepts and B-NMDS care descriptions would lay the foundations for the potential re-use of primary ICNP-encoded data in populating the B-NMDS. One unexpected result of the study was to re-affirm the utility of ICNP as a reference terminology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNursing Informatics 2014
EditorsKaija Saranto, Charlotte A. Weaver, Polun Chang
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781614994152
ISBN (Print)9781614994145
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event12th International Congress on Nursing Informatics: East Meets West eSMART+ - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 21 Jun 201425 Jun 2014

Publication series

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


Conference12th International Congress on Nursing Informatics
Abbreviated titleNI2014
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China


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