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Terminology support for diagnostic coding in primary health care
Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Medical Informatics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2000 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Coding systems have a long history in the field of medicine, and domains for which data are pooled and coded include, among others, epidemiological studies, medical insurance registers, and quality assessment. Unfortunately, coded data may be of low quality with poor validity and reliability, and decisions based on statistics are consequently not reliable. The extensive and multi-faceted use of coded data demands high quality coding, and in order to improve the quality it is necessary to study the structure and the content of the coding systems as well as the tools used to access them.

The present thesis deals with diagnostic coding in Swedish primary health care, and the objective is to analyze the role of computerized tools in diagnostic coding. In particular, the effect of the coding system structure-as a tool for code generation as well as data aggregation-an the reliability of coding is discussed. In summary, the functionality of a tool that supports coding of medical problems must meet numerous requirements. Flexible structures for browsing the coding system and different kinds of lexical tools are needed, as well as rules for guiding the correct choice of code with respect to a particular medical problem.

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Linköping: Linköpings universitet , 2000. , 22 plus 2 articles p.
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Thesis, ISSN 0280-7971 ; 803
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-29501Local ID: LiU-TEK-LIC-1999:61ISBN: 91-7219-658-0OAI: diva2:250316
2000-02-04, Föreläsningssalen, Institutionen för medicinsk teknik, Campus US, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 10:15 (English)
Available from: 2009-10-09 Created: 2009-10-09 Last updated: 2014-02-05Bibliographically approved

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