The circumstances that form the setting in which a concept can be appropriately interpreted.
- Clear recording and appropriate interpretation of context is essential for safe use and accurate analysis of electronic health records.
- The context in which a concept is used can be represented in various ways. Some of the possible representation are shown in the examples section below.
- Appropriate interpretation of different representations of context can be facilitated by terminology binding techniques that resolve multiple models of use into a common model of meaning.
- A disease such as "asthma" might be referred to in various contexts.
- A current presenting problem needing treatment
- A past history recorded during assessment for treatment of another condition
- A family history recorded routinely during a consultation
- Family history of asthma can be recorded using SNOMED CT in several ways three of which are illustrated here.