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Int J Qual Health Care. 2005 Jun;17(3):187-91. Epub 2005 May 4.

Concept mapping: an introduction to structured conceptualization in health care.

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  • 1Concept Systems Inc., Ithaca, New York, USA.


Structured conceptualization is a specific form of concept mapping that is a mixed methods participatory approach that combines group processes (brainstorming, sorting, group interpretation) with a sequence of multivariate statistical analyses (multidimensional scaling, hierarchical cluster analysis). Concept mapping's relevance to health care quality and services is described. The basic steps and analysis sequence in the concept mapping method are outlined and a brief example of the results for a health planning project are presented. Several examples of the use of concept mapping in health are provided.

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