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Harmonising Nursing Terminologies Using a Conceptual Framework.

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1
International Council of Nurses, Switzerland, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA.
2
International Council of Nurses, Switzerland, University of California Davis, USA.
3
Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD & SabaCare Inc., Arlington, VA, USA.
4
International Council of Nurses, Switzerland and University of Salford, UK.

Abstract

The International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP®) and the Clinical Care Classification (CCC) System are standardised nursing terminologies that identify discrete elements of nursing practice, including nursing diagnoses, interventions, and outcomes. While CCC uses a conceptual framework or model with 21 Care Components to classify these elements, ICNP, built on a formal Web Ontology Language (OWL) description logic foundation, uses a logical hierarchical framework that is useful for computing and maintenance of ICNP. Since the logical framework of ICNP may not always align with the needs of nursing practice, an informal framework may be a more useful organisational tool to represent nursing content. The purpose of this study was to classify ICNP nursing diagnoses using the 21 Care Components of the CCC as a conceptual framework to facilitate usability and inter-operability of nursing diagnoses in electronic health records. Findings resulted in all 521 ICNP diagnoses being assigned to one of the 21 CCC Care Components. Further research is needed to validate the resulting product of this study with practitioners and develop recommendations for improvement of both terminologies.

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