Mapping nurses' natural language to oncology patients' symptom expressions

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2006;122:987-8.


Systems that integrate information from both the patients and health professionals require bi-directional term translation. We manually extracted nursing terms from 25 randomly selected cancer patients' charts that expressed symptoms and mapped these to a set of patient-oriented symptoms from a cancer support system. We found that 40% of the nursing terms were synonyms of patient expressions that could be mapped directly; however 38% of the nursing terms required a map to more than one patient expression. In this study, we gained an understanding of the link between nursing and patient language that is needed for future system development.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Language*
  • Medical Audit
  • Medical Oncology*
  • Norway
  • Nursing Care
  • Nursing Diagnosis*