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Realization of the Government Commission An Interdisciplinary Terminology for Health and Social Care

This factual report describes the realization of the Commission. It specifically addresses the work with communication issues, translation of SNOMED CT into Swedish, efforts to develop methods for mapping and models for the identification and analysis of information produced by various activities.

Summary

The National Board of Health and Welfare has undertaken the government commission for the interdisciplinary terminology for health and social care. The commission will end on 31 March 2011. The results include the following:

  • the clinical terminology SNOMED CT has been translated into Swedish
  • methods for management and development of the interdisciplinary terminology have been developed and tested
  • a large number of representatives of the target groups have been informed of, or have knowledge of the interdisciplinary terminology in its entirety.

During the project, expertise has been built up and developed within the project framework. This is particularly true for the clinical terminology SNOMED CT but also for the link between SNOMED CT and the terminology and classification work. This expertise will now be transferred to the administrative organization.

Conferences and seminars have been important arenas to make valuable contacts and take in opinions from the project's target groups. The National Board of Health and Welfare has carried out its own conferences and conferences in cooperation with representatives from target groups. The project has had correspondents in 200 municipalities, 18 county councils and regions, 18 professional organizations and 26 universities and colleges. The correspondents have been instructed to disseminate information and provide feedback and information to the project, and they have in certain cases entered into cooperation with the project.

The translation of SNOMED CT has followed a rigorous process to maintain high standards. The mapping method, developed within the framework of the commission, is a method used to systematically investigate the correlation between SNOMED CT and the concepts and terms included in the classifications and other coding systems and which are today commonly used in the Swedish health and social care. The mapping work carried out has been related to simple, manually intensive technological solutions, pending the development of tools within IHTSDO.

In order to monitor health care associated infections, the infection concepts in the Infection Tool application have been mapped towards SNOMED CT. This is the first use of SNOMED CT in a national clinical application. The method for identifying and analyzing information content, which has been developed in the commission framework, will be used to identify and define information needs in health and social care services, to ensure that  the information documented and used for, inter alia, statistics keeps the same meaning throughout the care process.

The National Board of Health and Welfare has described how ICF is used in different operations and has also produced training material. Furthermore, the concept relations between ICF and SNOMED CT have been analyzed as part of the commission.

Cooperation has taken place during the commission, regarding regional comparisons of the care of the elderly, where the interdisciplinary terminology has played a part in the development. In this work, models to describe elderly persons' needs, the corresponding actions and the respective measures have been developed. ICF has been one of the foundations for a common language. Those who have participated in the realization of the commission have gained sound knowledge of the interdisciplinary terminology content.

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Realization of the Government Commission An Interdisciplinary Terminology for Health and Social Care

Year: 2011
Article number: 2011-8-18
Format: POD
Pages: 60
Language: Engelska
Price (VAT included): 90 kr