The Editorial Guide describes editorial policies regarding the purpose, scope, boundaries, requirements, concept model, hierarchies, terming, and other policies related to the content in SNOMED CT. It is primarily intended to guide those who are responsible for editing the content of the International Release, but secondarily will be important for those creating extensions. To the extent that there are inconsistencies between the stated policy in this document and the implemented logic-based definitions, these inconsistencies should be resolved through a consensus-based process. For short-term decision-making, the policies in this document should be adhered to. However, this is a working document, subject to change and revision. The intention is to support communication among those who are actively creating definitions, as well as those who are advising, consulting or providing feedback in a variety of capacities.
This document uses a concept- oriented documentation style, rather than a task-oriented style, and therefore it is not intended as a how-to manual on concept modeling or use of any particular editing environment; those task-oriented aspects are to be covered in separate materials.
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- 1.1 Purpose of this document
- 1.2 Document Properties
- 1.3 SNOMED CT Documentation
- 1.4 Where is the Glossary?
- 2.1 A terminological Resource
- 2.2 Implementation in software applications
- 2.3 Representing clinically relevant information
- 2.4 Reliability and reproducibility
- 2.5 SNOMED CT enabled applications
- 2.6 Effective delivery of high quality health care
- 2.7 Individuals and populations
- 2.8 International terminological resource
- 2.9 Localization
- 3.1 Scope of domain coverage
- 3.2 Scope of granularity
- 3.3 Scope of knowledge representation
- 3.4 Content Inclusion Principles and Process
- 4.1 Requirements related to electronic patient records
- 4.2 General requirements for a terminology
- 4.3 Implementation and migration requirements
- 4.4 Requirements related to intended user communities
- 4.5 Requirements summary
- 5.1 Summary of attribute domains and ranges
- 5.2 Attribute Hierarchies in SNOMED CT
- 5.3 Relationship groups in SNOMED CT
- 7.1 Introduction to Terms and Descriptions
- 7.2 General criteria - all term types, all hierarchies
- 7.3 General criteria - Fully Specified Names
- 7.4 General rules for naming conventions for specific hierarchies
- 7.5 Naming conventions for the disorder hierarchy
- 7.6 Naming conventions for lateralized disorders
- 7.7 Naming conventions for measurement procedures
- 7.8 Naming conventions for clinical imaging procedures
- 7.9 Naming conventions for test observable entities
- 7.10 Naming conventions for techniques
- 7.11 Naming conventions for substances
- 7.12 Naming conventions for the organism hierarchy.
- 7.13 Naming conventions for the Situation hierarchy
- 7.14 Naming conventions for the Regime/therapy hierarchy