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Title Mapping Concepts in Medical Error Taxonomies
Author(s) Min Zhu, Yong Huang, Yang Gong, Juliana J Brixey, Jiajie Zhang, James P. Turley,
Source AMIA 2006 Symposium Proceedings, Pages 1159-1159
ISBN 0-9647749-0-5
Publisher American Medical Informatics Association
Publication Date November 11, 2006
Abstract Developing a domain ontology is a complex task. It is necessary to clarify domain concepts and the relationships between and among the concepts. Several taxonomies exit for the medical error domain. However, these taxonomies are divergent in granularity and asymmetry (assigning terms under different categories in different taxonomies). It is difficult to map concepts in different taxonomies to each other [1, 2]. Our research team selected the following listed eight taxonomies in published literature to merge into a medical error ontology. 1. The JCAHO patient safety event taxonomy 2. NCC MERP Taxonomy of Medication Errors 3. Taxonomy of Nursing Errors (TNE) 4. A Preliminary Taxonomy of medical errors in Family Practice3 (PTFP) 5. Cognitive Taxonomy of Medical Errors23 (COG) 6. Taxonomy of Medical Errors for Neonatal Intensive Care24 (NIC) 7. Australian Patient Safety Foundation Taxonomy (APSF) 8. Pediatric Patient Safety Taxonomy (PED) In this poster, we report on the solutions to the problems of granularity and asymmetry found in these taxonomies when mapping concepts within the ontology.

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