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Development, dissemination, and applications of a new terminological resource the Q-Code taxonomy for professional aspects of General Practice / Family Medicine.
Jamoulle, Marc mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > > > Doct. sc. médicales (Bologne)]
Resnick, Melissa [Health Sciences Center, University of Texas, Houston, USA > > > >]
Grosjean, Julien [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Rouen, Hôpital Charles Nicolle > Department of Information and Medical Informatics (D2IM), > > >]
Ittoo, Ashwin mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > HEC Liège : UER > Systèmes d'information de gestion >]
Cardillo, Elena [National Research Council, Italy Institute of Informatics and Telematics, > National Research Council, Cosenza, Italy > > >]
Vander Stichele, Robert [Ghent University, Heymans Institute of Pharmacology > > > >]
Darmoni, Stefan [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Rouen, Hôpital Charles Nicolle > Department of Information and Medical Informatics (D2IM) > > >]
Vanmeerbeek, Marc mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences cliniques > Médecine générale >]
European Journal of General Practice
Taylor & Francis
Yes (verified by ORBi)
United Kingdom
[en] Family medicine ; Classification ; Q-Codes ; terminology ; ontology
[en] Abstract of Background Paper:
Background: While documentation of clinical aspects of General Practice/Family Medicine (GP/FM) is assured by the International Classification of Primary Care (ICPC), there is no taxonomy for the professional aspects
(context and management) of GP/FM.
Aim: To present the development, dissemination, applications, and resulting face validity of the Q-Codes taxonomy specifically designed to describe contextual features of GP/FM, proposed as an extension to the ICPC Development: The Q-Codes taxonomy was developed from Lamberts’ seminal idea for indexing contextual content (1987) by a multi-disciplinary team of knowledge engineers, linguists and general practitioners, through a qualitative and iterative analysis of 1702 abstracts from six GP/FM conferences using Atlas.ti software. A total of 182 concepts, called Q-codes, representing professional aspects of GP/FM, were identified and organised in a taxonomy.
Dissemination: The taxonomy is published as an on-line terminological resource, using semantic web techniques and Web ontology language (OWL) ( Each Q-code is identified with an Unique Resource Identifier (URI), and provided with preferred terms, formal definitions in eight languages (pt, es, en, fr, nl, ko, vi, tr) and search filters for Medline and web searches.
Applications. .
This taxonomy has already been used to support queries in bibliographic databases (e.g. Medline), to facilitate indexing of grey literature in GP/FM as congress abstracts, master theses, websites and as an educational tool in vocational teaching,
Conclusions: The rapidly growing list of practical applications provides face-validity for the usefulness of this freely available new terminological resource.
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