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Desiderata for controlled medical vocabularies in the twenty-first century.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9865037     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Builders of medical informatics applications need controlled medical vocabularies to support their applications and it is to their advantage to use available standards. In order to do so, however, these standards need to address the requirements of their intended users. Over the past decade, medical informatics researchers have begun to articulate some of these requirements. This paper brings together some of the common themes which have been described, including: vocabulary content, concept orientation, concept permanence, nonsemantic concept identifiers, polyhierarchy, formal definitions, rejection of "not elsewhere classified" terms, multiple granularities, multiple consistent views, context representation, graceful evolution, and recognized redundancy. Standards developers are beginning to recognize and address these desiderata and adapt their offerings to meet them.
J J Cimino
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Methods of information in medicine     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0026-1270     ISO Abbreviation:  Methods Inf Med     Publication Date:  1998 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-02-24     Completed Date:  1999-02-24     Revised Date:  2013-03-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0210453     Medline TA:  Methods Inf Med     Country:  GERMANY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  394-403     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medical Informatics, Columbia University, New York, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Information Storage and Retrieval
Medical Informatics Applications*
Medical Informatics Computing*
Medical Records Systems, Computerized
Vocabulary, Controlled*
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