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In some cases, an implementer may need to add additional information about each member of a subset. This information may be additional textual information or additional coded values.

Annotating each member of a subset with additional information can facilitate the processing of subset members and assist in meeting the functional requirements of a system.

RequirementDescriptionExample UseReference Set

A set of components with free text annotations

A set of concepts, descriptions or relationships each annotated with a free text note

Displaying a textual note  for each concept in a list. For example, displaying an advisory note on how to request a particular procedure.5.5. Annotation Reference Set
A set of components with coded annotations

 

A set of concepts, descriptions or relationships each annotated with a reference to another component

Marking each concept with a specific coded value to support automated processing of a list. For example, marking each inactive concept with a code that indicates the reason they were inactivated

5.6. Attribute Value Reference Set

 

Specifying whether descriptions are preferred or acceptable in a given dialect, care setting or clinical context.5.7. Language Reference Set

For more detailed use case examples, please refer to the following sections: