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Terms used to describe urinary tract infections - The importance of conceptual clarification
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Laboratory Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology.
2003 (English)In: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica et Immunologica Scandinavica (APMIS), ISSN 0903-4641, Vol. 111, no 2, 291-299 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Inaccuracies in medical language are detrimental to communication and statistics in medicine, and thereby to clinical practice, medical science and public health. The purpose of this article is to explore inconsistencies in the use of some medical terms: urinary tract infection, bacteriuria and urethral syndrome. The investigated literature was collected from medical dictionaries, textbooks, and articles indexed in Medline«. We found various practices regarding how the medical terms should be defined, and had great difficulty in interpreting the status of the statements under the heading of 'definition'. The lesson to be learned, besides a reminder of the importance of clearly defined medical concepts, is that it must be explicitly stated whether what is presented as a definition is to be considered as defining criterion, as recognising criterion or as characteristic of the disease entity.

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2003. Vol. 111, no 2, 291-299 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-26451DOI: 10.1034/j.1600-0463.2003.1110201.xLocal ID: 10999OAI: diva2:247000
Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2011-01-13

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