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The importance of a clinical terminology

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A clinical terminology is a structured list of terms for use in clinical practice. These terms describe the care and treatment of patients and cover areas like diseases, operations, treatments, drugs, and healthcare administration. This allows the detailed recording of treatment, either of a single incident or the patient's full care record.

By using the terminology and the computer system the clinician can record patient information in a consistent manner. Clinical data can be communicated efficiently between healthcare workers to cover, for example, prescribing, referrals and hospital discharges. Research organizations will be able to report on health trends based on the common terminology, confident that data from different healthcare organizations is comparable.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 April 2007 21:37 )  

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