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A multilingual medical thesaurus browser for patients and medical content managers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11604758     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper introduces a user-friendly browser interface which integrates multilingual search and browsing functionalities within medical thesauri via the internet. The tool is being developed as part of the GIN Austria Patient Information System and is based on an adapted datamodel of the MeSH thesaurus. A prototype offers the possibility to build up queries and export lists of MeSH main headings collected during browsing the relevant MeSH trees. The thesaurus browser can be used both by patients and citizens to build queries based on a controlled vocabulary to match them with existing documents within GIN and by medical information managers to find out appropriate keywords for interactive tagging or indexing of medical contents. A key component of this tool is the flexible choice of different languages of the MeSH datasource as well as of the user interface. Both can be changed independently at any point during a session. Another central aspect is the use of the UMLS Metathesaurus in combination with localized Thesaurus versions due to existing international character set problems.
G Göbel; S Andreatta; J Masser; K P Pfeiffer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Studies in health technology and informatics     Volume:  84     ISSN:  0926-9630     ISO Abbreviation:  Stud Health Technol Inform     Publication Date:  2001  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-10-17     Completed Date:  2002-01-08     Revised Date:  2008-07-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9214582     Medline TA:  Stud Health Technol Inform     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  333-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Biostatistics and Documentation, University of Innsbruck, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria.
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MeSH Terms
Abstracting and Indexing as Topic
Information Services
Information Storage and Retrieval / methods*
Information Systems
Subject Headings
Unified Medical Language System
User-Computer Interface
Vocabulary, Controlled*

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