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Toward Vocabulary Control for Chief Complaint
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  • Stephanie W. Haas, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Debbie Travers, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Judith E. Tintinalli, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Daniel Pollock, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Anna Waller, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Edward Barthell, Department of Emergency Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, and Infinity HealthCare, Inc.
  • Catharine Burt, National Center for Health Statistics
  • Wendy Chapman, University of Pittsburgh
  • Kevin Coonan, Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Utah
  • Donald Kamens, St. Vincent’s Medical Center
  • James McClay, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Date of this Version
1-1-2008
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Published by ACAD EMERG MED • May 2008, Vol. 15, No. 5 • www.aemj.org
Abstract

The chief complaint (CC) is the data element that documents the patient’s reason for visiting the emergency department (ED). The need for a CC vocabulary has been acknowledged at national meetings and in multiple publications, but to our knowledge no groups have specifically focused on the requirements and development plans for a CC vocabulary. The national consensus meeting ‘‘Towards Vocabulary Control for Chief Complaint’’ was convened to identify the potential uses for ED CC and to develop the framework for CC vocabulary control. The 10-point consensus recommendations for action were 1) begin to develop a controlled vocabulary for CC, 2) obtain funding, 3) establish an infrastructure, 4) work with standards organizations, 5) address CC vocabulary characteristics for all user communities, 6) create a collection of CC for research, 7) identify the best candidate vocabulary for ED CCs, 8) conduct vocabulary validation studies, 9) establish beta test sites, and 10) plan publicity and marketing for the vocabulary.

Citation Information
Stephanie W. Haas, Debbie Travers, Judith E. Tintinalli, Daniel Pollock, et al.. "Toward Vocabulary Control for Chief Complaint" (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/james_mcclay/1/