In this series of posts I am assessing SNOMED CT® using the international browser.
There is a section which describes social concepts such as class and family structure. There are other concepts including groups and lifestyle.
As an example, whilst there are many group types there is also an opportunity to use the ‘parent’ concept as a descriptor if necessary (i.e. group).
In mental health, where psychosocial constructs play an important role in assessment and treatment, I could see that there may be free text supplementation of key constructs. Qualitative research may be an effective way of investigating and better understanding this.
Appendix A – Other Posts in the Series on Health Information Exchanges
Appendix B – Definition of Health Information Exchange
This is the definition of the Health Information Exchange that I use (Hersh et al, 2015)
‘Health information exchange (HIE), the electronic sharing of clinical information across the boundaries of health care organizations‘
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